NEW HAVEN — With Tuesday, Sept. 11, marking the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the New Haven Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting the annual 9/11-343 Memorial March dedicated to the memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who gave their lives on that September day.
The memorial march will begin in New Haven at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The purpose of the memorial march is to carry on the memory of those who have gone before us, show support for the families who have lost loved ones, show America that we have not forgotten, remind ourselves why we are here, and to show the future generations of the fire service what honor, courage, valor and sacrifice are all about. The parade is being held to show support for the families, and remember 43 of the bravest firefighters America had to offer.
The goal of the New Haven Fire Department is to get 343 uniformed firefighters from around the area to join together and march a pre-determined parade route. Each department involved is asked to bring one piece of apparatus equipped with a driver to represent the department they are from. At the end of the march there will be a brief ceremony to end the festivities.
The final planning meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the New Haven Fire Department. At that time the agenda will be reviewed and any logistical issues will be addressed. Matthew J. Shell, deputy chief of the New Haven Department is asking that a representative from each department attend the meeting.
Anyone with questions should contact Shell at 304-882-3444.
The tentative itinerary is as follows:
1:30 p.m. — Parade/Apparatus/March Line up at the New Haven Community Center
2:00 p.m. — March begins
2:05-2:10 p.m. — March will stop at the New Haven United Methodist Church for prayer and blessing
2:25 p.m. — March will end below the Marathon gas station near the old Napa store to regroup and load personnel into apparatus for transportation to Mason.
2:30-2:45 p.m. — Regroup/Travel time/Staging/Water Break- Mason United Methodist Church
2:55 p.m. — Formation
3:00 p.m. — March will begin
3:20 p.m. — Arrive at Bob’s Market
3:20-3:30 p.m. — Regroup-Traveling water break
3:45-3:55 p.m. — Arrive at Meigs Field/Formation
4:00 p.m. — March begins
4:15 p.m. — Arrive Pomeroy River front
4:20 p.m. — Formation-Begin closing ceremony