9-11 Ceremony: Ringing of the Bells

The firebell on firetrucks around the country rang out in the 5-Bell sequence to honor the memories of the fallen of the 9/11 attacks.

On a day not unlike September 11, 2001, a cloudless blue sky and Indian Summer sun greeted those who attended and participated in the 9th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. Part of the ceremony includes the ringing of the bell, and Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson tells us of its symbolism.


The ceremonial ringing of the bell in memory of those who died in the line of duty is an age old tradition of the Fire Services that dates back over 150 years.

The tradition reflects respect and honor to those who gave their lives to their duty.

A distinctive bell ringing marks the end of an emergency and a return to quarters.

In memory of all who died during the attacks on September 11, 2001 the bell is rung five times in series of fives (5 x 5 x 5 x 5 x 5).

Multiplied out this equals 3,125, a number very close to the number of people who died as result of the attacks. America will never forget.

Covering the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony for sheridanmedia.com news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson.

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