(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - The Firefighter's 9/11 Memorial Plaza on the Ocean City Boardwalk filled with hundreds of men and women Monday afternoon to remember the tragic events of the day 16 years ago.
A wreath-laying ceremony, organized by the Red Knights Firefighters Motorcycle Club, was attended by the families and friends of service men and women, some of whom were first responders the day of the terrorist attacks.
"I was at 9/11 the night it happened to hook up the emergency generators," said Jeff Gaston, a former General Electric engineer who was dispatched to New York City to restore power to the area that day. "We got Mt. Sinai hospital up first and then we got Wall Street back online. I was up there for 11 days."
West Ocean City resident Betty Turk attended the service to watch her son, a police officer, perform in the ceremony. Turk said the events of Sept. 11, 2001 touched her family's lives. "My husband and I have always been in government business so it means a lot to me, people willing to sacrifice."
"Never forget" is the message many want to convey on the anniversary of the attacks, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. The governor's remarks at the wreath-laying ceremony touched a number of guests.
"None of us will ever forget about the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day. The 68 Marylanders who lost their lives," said Hogan. "I think every single one of us remembers exactly where we were that day."
Earlier the governor honored a number of Maryland State Troopers who have been recognized for their service. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis applauded the work of the state police and of all men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of others.
"It's very meaningful to be here today recognizing the men and women in law enforcement across the state who truly represent the best in all of us," said Sheriff Lewis.
The Red Knights organized a memorial bike ride to end the ceremony, marking another year of remembering Sept. 11, 2001.