New York City was represented, at a local 9/11 remembrance event on Monday. The City of Asheville held a ceremony to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001.
Among those in attendance was Joe Krebbs, a retired New York City battalion fire chief who now calls Western North Carolina home.
Krebbs lost many of his co-workers, who were also his friends. "I had known so many of those guys. That's tough, it's tough. Sixteen years, but it seems like yesterday,” he says.
Brendan Keeney was serving as a dispatcher in New York City on this day, 16 years ago. He vividly remembers a phone call that put everything into perspective.
“The first call I took was from a member's wife, looking for her husband,” says Keeney. "I knew the lady's husband very well. I knew him from Rescue 3. Tough, tough, very tough phone call for me to take,” he adds.
For these two men, the Asheville ceremony takes them back to a day they will never forget. It’s now a date engraved in minds around the country.
"I often wondered why my dad knew exactly where he was on December 7th, 1941. How could you know that? Well now I know. I have a date. September 11th, 2001. I know exactly where I was,” says Keeney.
Members of the Honor Guard for Asheville Police and Fire Departments led the presentation of colors and placement of a wreath. A moment of silence was also held at the exact time the first plane hit the first tower - 8:46 A.M.
Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper also spoke at the ceremony, stressing that our nation remains united.