Each year on the anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, the San Marcos Fire Department holds a remembrance ceremony to honor those who lost their lives.
The ceremony opens with a welcome speech from the City of San Marcos Mayor. SMFD firefighters will then toll the fire bell that stands at City Hall after which the SMFD Honor Guard raises the flag that was flying over City Hall on the morning of September 11, 2001. Once the flag has been raised, the National Anthem is sung and SMFD with lead out on reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The City Mayor will then read out the 9-11 Proclamation and Chief Stephens helps to educate the attendees about fire tradition and the tolling of the bell. There is even a performance by the San Marcos Fire Department Bagpipers. The gathered crowd will then be asked for a moment of silent reflection.
The attendees will then place carnation flowers on the 9-11 Flower Memorial so that we may NEVER FORGET those who sacrificed their lives to keep our country the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave".