Exmouth to remember 9/11 victims with Phear Park service

Exmouth will tomorrow (Saturday, September 11) remember the victims killed 20 years ago in New York’s Twin Towers terrorist attacks.

Exmouth’s firefighters and members of the public will stand shoulder-to-shoulder in silent tribute for the 2,977 souls who lost their lives in 2001 when the towers were hit by aeroplanes, and collapsed.

The service, organised by Exmouth Fire Station, starts at 1.30pm. All are welcome. Afterwards there will be light refreshments in the Park Hotel, in Exeter Road, Exmouth.

The remembrance service will include musical laments, prayers of remembrance and silence for those who were killed, and a wreath-laying ceremony.

In the past the parents and cousins of Steven Lawn, who died in the South Tower, have attended the Phear Park service, and laid a wreath in memory of their loved-one.

It is believed Exmouth is the only town in Devon to hold a 9/11 service dedicated to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack.

The Phear Park 9/11 memorial stone was made possible when the town’s now-retired charity champion, Lionel Howell, campaigned for a piece of metal girder from the South Tower to be brought to Exmouth and set in resin and granite as a permanent tribute.

When the blackened piece of steel arrived in Exmouth it had a ‘vivid’ smell of smoke.

It was embedded in clear resin and held in granite, surrounded by the badges and emblems of the emergency services here and in New York.

In 2007, Exmouth’s 9/11 service include the rededication of the park’s memorial when it was returned to Phear Park after repairs were made to the resin and a medic badge was added to the emblems.

The World Trade Centre was built in 1970 and housed 430 companies. The average number of people working in the building on any one day was 50,000.

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