Schedule of Memphis Fire & Police Department citywide ceremony

For Immediate Release

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11, 2002, 8:45 a.m.

WHERE: Fire Museum of Memphis Courtyard
               118 Adams Street (between Main St. and Second St .)
               Memphis , TN 38103

WHAT: Commemoration of September 11th, 2001

The Memphis Fire Department and the Memphis Police Department joins with Fire Departments across the nation in remembrance of the September 11 th , 2001 tragedy in which 343 firefighters and 60 law enforcement officers lost their lives. In addition to the ceremony at the Fire Museum , throughout Memphis , Fire Stations, Police Officers and churches will salute fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers. The Fire Museum event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

  • At 6:30 a.m. the block of Adams St. between Main and Second St will be closed to traffic.
  • As of 8:30 there will a display of Fire Dept. and Police Dept. equipment such as ladder trucks and pumpers in front of the Museum.
  • 8:45 a.m. Throughout Memphis : Fire stations “roll out” equipment.
  • 8:45 a.m. Program begins at Fire Museum . MPD Peacemakers sing America the Beautiful
  • 8:50 a.m. MFD Color Guard/Bagpipe Procession (from Main and Adams )
  • 9:00 Throughout Memphis : available Fire Dept. personnel assemble at flagpole in front of stations.
  • 9:05 Time of the South Tower Collapse Tolling of the Bells throughout City ( Fire Museum & Churches) Sirens (Fire and Police) throughout City - (approx. 30 sec.)
  • 9:06 Throughout Memphis : Flags lowered to half-mast.
  • 9:07 At Fire Museum , reading of the New York Firefighters’ names (343) by Memphis firefighters.
  • 9:28 Time of the North Tower Collapse Tolling of the Bells throughout City ( Fire Museum & Churches) Sirens (Fire and Police)- (approx. 30 sec.)
  • 9:30 At Fire Museum , Reading of the NYPD/Port Authority officers’ names (60).
  • 9:34 MPD 21 Gun Salute and Helicopter flyover
  • 9:37 MFD Director Anderson introduces Mayor Herenton , Mayor Wharton , IAFF Local 1784 Pres. Thomas Malone and MPD Director Crews .
  • 9:47 MFD Chaplain Donald Ester (Firefighters’ Prayer)
  • 9:48 MPD Peacemakers
  • 9:52 Retiring of the MFD Colors

The Museum will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. The Fire Museum is in the legendary Fire Engine House No. 1 in downtown Memphis .

For more information, contacts Chief Terry Norris at 901-674-1491  or Brier Turner at the Fire Musuem at 901-490-2035