During the Silver City Brewery Anniversary Party yesterday, the Pierce County Firefighters Pipes & Drums Band honored the fallen firefighters of 9/11. The band played a heart wrenching rendition of Amazing Grace, as party goers raised their pints in the air to pay their respects to those that sacrificed their lives in the attempt to save others.
The tall trees of Bremerton served as a visual reminder of the towers that once stood and a tribute to American resilience. No whispers, no traffic noises, not even a bird dared to disturb the tribute as the drums beat and the mournful sound of the pipes filled the air. As beautiful as the music was, I was also struck by not only the sorrow on the faces but the pride. Holding their glasses high the entire song, people also held onto each other in support and solidarity.