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Watertown ceremony honors sacrifice

Sara McManamy-Johnson • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

Watertown honored law enforcement and emergency responders as well as the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks Wednesday.

Guest speaker Erron Kinney, Mt. Juliet’s fire chief and former Tennessee Titan, spoke to guests and students at Watertown High School about what Sept. 11 means to him.

“Being a great nation came with a price; being an American came with a price; being able to sit in this gymnasium – being able to sit here and for me to have the opportunity to speak with you came with a great price,” said Kinney. “We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and it’s important that we remember that. It’s important that we not let those 3,000 lives of our fellow Americans go in vain. We need to embrace the sacrifices that they made and make sure that we take advantage of each and every day. My challenge to you – to everybody in this room – is to be a difference maker – to show up and to show out in any and everything that you do.”

Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings spoke of Watertown’s public servants.

“True, the folks who serve [as emergency responders] in Watertown won’t have to charge into a skyscraper, ‘cause we don’t have a skyscraper; they won’t have to charge into a military complex, ‘cause we don’t have a military complex,” said Jennings. “But as the events of Newtown, Conn., showed us last December, they may very well have to be ready to enter Watertown Elementary or Watertown High School in case of a similar emergency or in case of a large fire – they’re ready…So it is fitting that while we honor those who gave their lives valiantly on Sept. 11, 2001, we also honor those trained and prepared to serve this community.”

Members of Watertown police, Watertown Volunteer Fire Department, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and Wilson Emergency Management Agency were in attendance and were introduced individually.

Watertown High School’s ROTC presented colors, and the Watertown High School band performed the National Anthem.

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