Bowser recognizes DC first responders, victims on Sept. 11 anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at a press conference to observe National Day of Service and Remembrance on the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks at the Fire Station 16 on September 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Bowser teamed up with Chef José Andrés of World Central Kitchen to deliver more than 35,000 meals from independently-owned local restaurants to support first responders and frontline healthcare workers in more than 30 cities nationwide At least 5,000 of these meals will be delivered on 9/11 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)(Getty Images/Paul Morigi)

Standing in front of a fire truck at Engine 16 on 13th Street NW in D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser honored the local firefighters who risked their lives to respond after American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

“We remember the day, 19 years ago, when we were called on to help our fellow Americans at the Pentagon right from this very station,” Bowser said.

Bowser read the names of the three D.C. Public Schools students and three teachers who died on the hijacked plane 19 years ago. They were on their way to California for a special educational trip when the plane was used for the attack shortly after its takeoff from Dulles Airport.

“We remember the young people, our young people, and teachers who lost their lives on that day, part of the DCPS family,” Bowser said.

Bowser also thanked World Central Kitchen and the 9/11 Day organization for teaming up to feed more than 5,000 first responders in D.C. on Friday for the anniversary of the attacks.

“We thank them for helping transform this annual day of remembrance into a day of doing, a day of doing good work,” Bowser said.

Bowser said then, and now during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to honor the first responders “who are at the other end of a call when D.C. residents may be at their most challenged moments.”

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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