Annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony held in Ascension Parish

Staff Report
St. Amant Fire Chief and Constable James LeBlanc, surrounded by several local dignitaries, speaks during the 9/11 commemoration ceremony last week.

Several local officials joined together at the Ascension Parish Fire District 1 headquarters for the 19th annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

Fire District 1 Chairman James LeBlanc said the event remembers and honors the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the United Airlines Flight 93.

“The 2020 Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony is too important of an event to our country to be postponed or cancelled by the pandemic,” he said. “Our nation was attacked, and we must never forget.”

LeBlanc said several officials served as speakers, including Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Ascension Parish Assessor Mert Smiley, St. Amant Fire Department Chaplain Ken Spivey, and Ascension Parish Council member John Cagnolatti.

Ascension Funeral Home’s Pete and Deidra Cole, and Ralph’s Market hosted the event. Ascension Funeral Home also presented a flag to the Geismar Fire Department.

LeBlanc recalled the heroism demonstrated on Sept. 11, 2001 when the route of Flight 93 was altered when passengers revolted against the hijackers.

“We come together each year on Sept. 11 to honor and remember all of the innocent lives lost, the first responders who ran into danger to save their fellow man, with a promise to never forget this tragic day,” he said.

LeBlanc honored all of the firefighters, EMS, and police who risked their own lives to save others.

“As horrible as those attacks were, the one good thing that came out of it was that everyone loved one another and took care of each other for some time after,” he said.