The Fire Department of El Salvador and the Gear Up Foundation collaborated to pay tribute to the 343 firefighters who died while doing rescue efforts following the attacks on September 11, 2001. In memory of the deceased heroes, a group of children from the Infantry Fire Brigade held flags with the names of all the firefighters who died on September 11. U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes and Minister of Governance and Territorial Development Arístides Valencia attended the ceremony.
On the 16th anniversary, U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes, referred to that day as “A day that has left an indelible mark on history. A day in which changed forever the lives of all people who believe in democracy.”
The U.S. Ambassador also said: “I want to emphasize that I do not know of any other country that has been doing this for the last 16 years, I really want to thank you for all your commitment and solidarity with the United States.”
Ambassador Manes and Minister Valencia jointly unveiled a commemorative plaque in honor of the firefighters who died that day. The plaque was unveiled next to the Monument to the Firefighter at the Fire Department Headquarters of El Salvador.