OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The 13th anniversary of a tragic terrorist attack on our country is less than one week away. As Sept. 11, gets closer, many are remembering the fallen heroes who lost their lives that day. One group in particular took to the sidewalks of Biloxi to honor their fallen brothers and sisters.
As the buildings were burning, they were climbing in with one mission; rescue. Firefighters were some of the first to arrive at the horrific scenes in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania on that terrible day. It wasn't long before Ocean Springs Fire Department had men on their way to help their brothers and sisters recover.
After a recent trip to New York City, Lt. Justin Lopez knew he wanted to do something to help again.
"Did we actually forget, you know, what really happened? Because, you're so used to seeing that stuff in movies, and you see it in reality and I wanted to bring that back down here to spread the word," said Lopez.
Lopez helped organize a memorial walk for the department to get people talking again. Talking about the past and keeping memories of fallen heroes alive.
"We're honoring fallen firefighters, so anytime you're honoring anyone, it's a pretty big deal and makes you feel good," said Lopez.
The walk also brought awareness to veterans. Terry Neumaster served in the Army for 23 years and wanted to make sure that memories of those who died lived on.
"Best thing about this is commemoration of those that lost their lives in 9/11. They paid a price that's terrible," said Neumaster.
That price is something that he doesn't want Americans taking for granted. That is why he joined this community of local heroes to remember 13 years ago.
The walk started at the Biloxi Lighthouse and ended at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club with a fish fry fundraiser. The money raised went to the Steven Siller Program which helps build homes for disabled veterans.