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Posted on: September 7, 2023

City Fire holds 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance

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Program will begin at 8:30am on Monday

On Monday, September 11, 2023, the City of St. Augustine will continue its tradition of holding a Ceremony of Remembrance, in honor of those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The ceremony will be held at the St. Augustine Fire Department’s main station, 101 Malaga Street, on Monday, September 11, at 8:30am, and will be broadcast live online on the Fire Department’s Facebook page at  The 15-minute program will include a multi-agency presentation of the colors by St. Augustine Fire Department, St. Augustine Police Department and St. Johns County Fire Rescue, music, and remarks by St. Augustine Deputy Fire Chief Chris Pacetti and St. Johns County Sheriff Robert A. Hardwick.

The ceremony concludes with one minute of silence in observance of when the first plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center in 2001, and the subsequent attacks on the second tower, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93.  

The Fire Department will conduct the traditional “Striking the Four 5’s” ritual by ringing its historic 1900 Fire Bell in four intervals of five rings each.  This is a time-honored tradition signifying the last alarm of a firefighter, and will be performed in honor of the firefighters, law enforcement officers, military personnel and civilians who died on September 11, 2001.

The city's first Ceremony of Remembrance was held just two days after 9/11 and has continued each year on the anniversary of the attack.  

For additional information, contact the Fire Department at 904.825.1098 or send an email to  

For media inquiries, contact Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307.

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