Events took place in South Florida on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The Veteran’s Trust and the Human Baton hosted “Tribute To America’s Heroes,” a free spectator event at Las Olas Oceanside Park and another at a 20th Anniversary event at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
“I am a detective in Fort Lauderdale, but I am wearing my NYPD shield today to honor first responders,” said Fort Lauderdale Detective Carlo Fargnoli.
September 11 has a very distinct memory for Fargnoli, who was an NYPD detective in 2001.
“I looked to my left and I could see smoke coming out of the towers,” Fargnoli said.
He found himself on Ground Zero that fateful day. The sights and sounds are still alive 20 years later.
“Smoke, steam, toxic fumes rising from the ground as we examined everything,” he said.
Fargnoli addressed the crowd ahead of the event at Las Olas.
“I would like the sacrifice of first responders, firefighters, battalion workers, medics to be never, ever forgotten,” Fargnoli said.
At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a remembrance ceremony was held in honor of the victims and first responders.
For FLL CEO and Aviation Director Mark Gale, the message is simple “never forget”.
“I hope as time goes by the memories don’t fade and we remember all the loved ones who perished that day,” Gale said.