South Tahoe American Legion Post 795 honors first responders during 9/11 ceremony |

South Tahoe American Legion Post 795 honors first responders during 9/11 ceremony

Jack Barnwell
American Legion chaplain Curt Emerie rings the ceremonial bell counting all the wars U.S. soldiers have fought in since the nation’s founding during an event remembering Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Never forget.

That was the theme of American Legion Post 795’s annual ceremony on Friday. They honored first responders and veterans on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The American Legion kicked off the ceremony in 2002 as a way to honor those who helped or died during the destruction of the World Trade Center, as well as the first responders who worked and lived in the South Tahoe area.

Eleven firefighters and law enforcement members attended Friday’s ceremony, among dozens of American Legion and community members.

“We are truly blessed with the caliber of firefighters and law enforcement in the Lake Tahoe Basin,” said past American Legion chaplain Bob St. Angelo.

American Legion chaplain Curt Emerie conducted the prayer and performed the bell ringing ceremonies. One bell ceremony represented fallen firefighters dating back to the 1800, while the second represented the wars and conflicts U.S. soldiers fought.

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