Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

9--11--01 THE ANNIVERSARY Glynn Ceremony Honors Victims, 'Best and Bravest'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

9--11--01 THE ANNIVERSARY Glynn Ceremony Honors Victims, 'Best and Bravest'

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- Tears fell silently in Glynn County yesterday.

Tears of grief for strangers who lost their lives in New York City, Washington and a Pennsylvania pasture. Tears of pride in a nation bloodied but unbowed. And tears of gratitude for those who every day stand ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve their community.

"I realized the tragedy of it last year when it happened. But I was numbed by the horror of it . It didn't really hit me until now," said Ovieda Joyner of Brunswick, who attended an emotional commemorative community service conducted by Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick.

Joyner was among about 300 people who attended the noon commemoration to remember the victims and heroes who died in the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks, and also to honor Southeast Georgia police, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and members of the military.

Members of the Brunswick Fire Department Honor Guard marching in solemn unison presented the colors, the U.S. and Georgia flags, to begin the commemoration.

Earlier, the firefighters held a small memorial service at department headquarters to honor their 343 colleagues from the New York fire department who were killed in the line of duty when the World Trade Center twin towers collapsed.

"I think everyone who wasn't there is asking themselves, 'Could I have gone into the twin towers like they did?' And I think the answer is, 'Yes, we all would have gone too,' " Brunswick Fire Chief Lee Stewart said.

"They became firefighters to protect and serve their community. It's the same whether you're a firefighter in New York or Brunswick: you live with honor and you die with honor."

Stewart also spoke for those in his department when he added: "I think it's an honor to serve Brunswick. …

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