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Residents Remember 9-11 In Wednesday Ceremony
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Firefighters fold a flag taken down from the flagpole at Escalon Firehouse on Wednesday as part of the 9-11 remembrance.

It was 18 years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks saw planes crash into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon and go down in a field in Pennsylvania.

In Escalon, a gathering at the Coley Avenue firehouse was the scene for a brief memorial ceremony to mark the occasion. Hosted by Fire Chief Rick Mello, the remembrance has been held each year since he has served as chief of the local fire department. Attending in their official capacity on Wednesday morning were local firefighters, police officers and EMTs, along with several residents from the community.

Mello provided a brief chronology of the events from that fateful day; there was also a bell-ringing ceremony, the raising and lowering of the flag, a moment of silence and prayer as part of the event.

Mello said he will have a 9-11 ceremony each year; this was the 13th year of the observance in Escalon.

Look for the full story and photos in the Sept. 18 issue of The Times.