Former DC Firefighter Plans New Bern Tribute For Fallen 9-11 First Responders

A former Washington D.C. firefighter who now lives in New Bern hopes on the anniversary of 9-11, people will stop and take a moment to remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice as first responders.

Phil Buffa was a firefighter in Washington D.C. On September 11th, 2001. He says it started as a normal work day until 8:45 when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City. He says that day he just did his job, like the 403 firefighters, police officers, and port authority police officers who lost their lives. So he will place 403 flags in the courtyard of Christ Episcopal Church on Middle Street, in New Bern.

"I just wanted people to remember who these people were. They were fathers. They were mothers. They were brothers. They were sisters. They were people that went to work ,and they basically saved 25,000 people in the World Trade Center, and I want people to remember them. I want people to see those people's names and faces," said Buffa.

Phil says he knew 28 of the people he will hang flags for Friday. He hopes people take this anniversary to "always remember and never forget." Buffa says volunteers are welcome to help set up the flags. If you want to help, he asks for you to be at the church at 9:45 a.m. Friday morning. There will be a ceremony at noon.


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  • by DeAnna on Sep 9, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    I was in the six grade when the attacks on 9/11 happened. I didn't really know all the political stuff and everything that when along with it then, but even still I knew it was a big deal and that many people lost their lives that day. It will always be a memory to me and I think that we should always remember events like this because it had an impact on our nation. I mean their are women and men still giving their lives in a war that stems from that day.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 08:04 PM
    What people need to do is simply go on living and NOT stop and remember.
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      by Amra on Sep 9, 2011 at 12:10 AM in reply to
      If you do not remember and learn from history you will repeat it.
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        by Appalled on Sep 9, 2011 at 05:30 AM in reply to Amra
        How can you NOT stop and remember. 9/11 changed and reshaped our lives. It was THE defining moment of our lifetime. These people came to our country and attacked us without provocation. We didn't deserve this. You have to stop and remember. There's no way not to remember.
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      by american on Sep 9, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to
      How can you say NOT stop and remember!! I don't think we should dwell on it but how can you not remember!! So many lost their lives and for what reason other then hate!! I think we can go on living BY stopping and remembering all those lost not only on 9/11 but in the battles since then.
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