Members of the Bakersfield Fire Department, Bakersfield Police Department, the City Council and other dignitaries attended the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Wednesday morning at Fire Station 15.
The emotional day of remembrance took place at the site of the 9/11 artifact -- a six-and-a-half ton steel girder recovered from the underground level of the World Trade Center. The artifact was awarded to the department in 2015 and serves as a reminder of the lives lost that tragic day.
Fire Chief Anthony Galagaza was among the ceremony's speakers.
"The events of 9/11 shape every moment of our modern day," he said. The chief added that 14,000 lives were saved by first responders the day of and in the days following the attack.
Police Chief Lyle Martin also spoke about the impact the attack had on his family, and the importance of educating those who had yet to be born or were too young to remember the terror attack. He remarked that with today being the 18th year since, 98% of the students in school now had not been born yet.
Casey Schaubschlager, a retired corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, spoke to the crowd about his service overseas in the ensuing military action in the Middle East.
"Time has passed," said Mayor Karen Goh, "but there will not be any forgetting of September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief."