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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade Police officers and friends attended a 9/11 ceremony of remembrance at Tropical Park in Miami Tuesday. The mayor, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Perry and New York native Ross Brown were among those who spoke.
On Tuesday morning Miami-Dade Police officers and friends gathered at Tropical park in Miami to commemorate 9/11.
"We’re here to honor those that have paid the ultimate price to give us our freedom and our liberty,” said Carlos Gimenez.
The 9/11 ceremony of remembrance brought some to tears as the names of those who died during the attack were read. Others stood tall, saluting during the presentation of the flags.
“I’m proud to have them serving us and protecting us.They do a damn good job in Dade county and all over I live by fire department number three over here and they’re always right on the job,” said New York native Ross Brown.
Guests made their way to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to celebrate the station's new addition, a part of the World trade Center.
“Well, to bring that piece of history back from the World Trade Center means a lot to the firefighters who went. We always remember the steel we stood on, the steel that we cut and to have a piece here it’s a somber remembrance," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Perry.
In Broward, deputies and fire rescue wore 9/11 tribute badges, and spent their annual Patriot Day at the Public Safety building.
A piece of steel from the World Trade Center is permanently on display there as well. They also took the opportunity to join the families of fallen firefighters to unveil and dedicate the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Memorial Wall.
“Whatever we have to do to pay tribute from the badges to the fire truck we’re going to continue to do,” said Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti
At Broward College, students paid tribute to victims of 9/11 with a flag ceremony using the original flag flown on the day of the attacks.