Fallen heroes honored this week


Fallen heroes, along with current emergency response teams in the CNMI, are being honored this week in remembrance of the events last Sept. 11, 2001, and the quick action of first responders that made the difference.

The lives of past and current firefighters, police officers, first responders, military veterans, and military men who put their lives on the line each day are being honored for a week starting yesterday until Oct. 17, 2018.

As part of the remembrance, American flags would be on display at the American Memorial Park on Saipan from Oct. 14 to Oct. 22 in honor of those who have and continue to serve and defend the nation.

On Tinian and Rota, flags would be on display starting Oct. 15, 2018, at the Veterans Memorial Park and the Joaquin Ogo Baseball Field, respectively.

“Sept. 11, 2001, affected not just our lives [in the nation] but worldwide,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres. “Sept. 11 created a whole new world…a whole new approach not just for our safety, but also for travelling here in our home. …We should always appreciate our [first responder] employees today, and we should never forget those who have fallen—our heroes.”

The Tan Siu Lin Foundation, the charity arm of TanHoldings Inc., would host a Freedom Walk on Oct. 17, 2018, starting at 5pm from the Garapan Fishing Base to the American Memorial Park, immediately followed by the 9/11 ceremony at the Field of Heroes site. The flags would be retired on Oct. 22.

The TSL Foundation has been organizing this event for three years in a row now.

On Tinian, the posting of flags starts on Oct. 15, 2018, and they would be retired on Oct. 26, 2018. The Freedom Walk and 9/11 ceremony has yet to be announced.

On Rota, the posting of flags starts also on Oct. 15, 2018, and would be retired on Oct. 27, 2018. The Freedom Walk is set for Oct. 26 at 5pm while the 9/11 ceremony at the Field of Heroes site starts right after.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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