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A sad day to remember, but too important to forget: Butte looks back at 9/11

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It was 16 years ago, but most people clearly remember the day in September when four commercial airplanes were turned into weapons of terror.

“The one plane had gone in and I watched for a couple of minutes and the second plane went in and it was like ‘uh oh.’ It was just like it was yesterday. It’s amazing what your mind will remember,” said Little Basin Creek Fire Co. Chief Jim Ross.

Firefighters, police and first responders in Butte held their annual parade and ceremony commemorating the events of Sept. 11th, 2001.

Sheriff Ed Lester remembers hanging the American flag on his front porch as a way to find comfort on that sad day.

“And as I drove to work I noticed a whole lot of people must have had that same feeling that I did because our flag was flying on every block and on some blocks there was a flag on nearly every house,” Lester said.

Ed Fisher, the chief with the Boulevard Volunteer Fire Department, started this somber parade seven years ago in Butte so the memory of 911 will never fade.

“Because I figure that I don’t people ever forget what happened to those people and the responders that are still responding,” Fisher said.

Sept. 11th, 2001 was the worst mass causality day for firefighters and police officers and that’s why emergency responders say it’s important to never forget the tragic events of that day.

“We need to remember this, people have a tendency to forget and this is something we really need to remember because it affects all of us,” Ross said.

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