CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A modified remembrance ceremony to honor the Charleston 9 during the COVID-19 pandemic has been scheduled for Thursday, June 18.
The Charleston Fire Department will commemorate the 13-year anniversary of the loss of nine firefighters at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Charleston 9 Memorial Park at 1807 Savannah Highway.
This will be a closed event and limited to only the personnel conducting the remembrance ceremony and providing remarks.
The CFD will be working with family members to provide private periods during the day to visit the site.
“We organized specific times throughout the day starting at 7:30 on the 18th in the morning, where families can come throughout the day. They will have about 30 minutes to an hour to pay their respects,” said Battalion Chief Doctor David Griffin.
Due to the current situation, only members of the CFD will conduct the 24 hour watch. Those on site will maintain appropriate social distancing.
Nine bells will toll for the fallen firefighters and their names read aloud later tonight.
Griffin says this day never gets easier.
The program will be live streamed on the Charleston Fire Department Facebook page, @charlestonfire.