CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News) – Mayor Chuck Brawner was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony hosted by the Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars and he used the occasion to publicly thank the first responders who came to the City of Katy from all over the United States to rescue and aid residents who were flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
“I appreciate the first responders that came to Katy,” Brawner said. Keep our first responders in your thoughts and prayers. They not only came to help us but are now venturing out to Florida and other states to rescue others and put their lives on the line,” he added.
Each year 9-11 ceremonies all over the nation focus on first responders. Due to the recent flooding of Hurricane Harvey, Katy has had a fresh reminder of the value that they provide.
The Katy Police station served as the backdrop for this year’s VFW 9-11 remembrance ceremony. The focus was on first responders who have helped Katy survive the recent floods and the police and firefighters who died saving workers who were in New York’s two World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11, 2001, after they were each struck by large jetliners. It was an attack on America by terrorists led by Osama Bin Laden.
“They gave their lives to save others. That’s what first responders do,” Mayor Brawner said.
A wreath was placed in front of the police station. It had a ribbon inscribed with the words “we will never forget.”
“Remember those who have given their lives so that we are free today to remember the solemn occasion of 9-11,” Mayor Brawner said.
Residents, first responders, and members of the Katy VFW Post 9182 attended the event.
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