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In an annual San Francisco ceremony to honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, every San Francisco Fire Department facility participates – but this year the ceremony is being held during unprecedented times.

The ceremony begins at 6:45 a.m. At 6:58 a.m., fire personnel
assemble at attention. At 6:59 a.m., which 19 years ago was the time of the
south tower collapse, a bell will ring with three sets of three chimes,
signifying the last alarm. A minute later, flags will be lowered to half staff,
and at 7:02 a.m. the names of 343 fire fighters will be read aloud.

This year, with the ceremony taking place in the midst of a
pandemic, the fire department is using technology to allow folks to watch while
maintaining social distancing.

The ceremonies will be broadcast live on the SFFD Facebook
page.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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