Honoring vets, first responders; Patriot Day parade created to remember 9-11

Published 3:13 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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By Abigail Roberts


STANFORD – Sept. 11, 2001 was a day that many Americans will never forget.

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As Mayor of Stanford, Dalton Miller created the Patriot Day Parade three years ago to make sure no one ever does.

The third annual Patriot Day Parade was held Monday, Sept. 11, and featured Vietnam veterans, who served as the Grand Marshals, as well as firefighters and police.

All three groups of people played crucial roles on Sept. 11, 2001 and since then.

“Just a few numbers that happened 22 years ago this morning,” Miller told the crowd. “343 firefighters died; 60 police officers; eight paramedics; all in one day. 2,977 people died that day.”

Since that day, the soldiers that went to war in the War on Terrorism, there have been over 7,000 deaths and over 30,000 wounded, Miller said.

“In our defense. That’s why we’re here today, is to honor those people who are willing to put their life on the line for us so when they come down through here, give them a big cheer and let them know how much you appreciate them,” Miller said.