As ceremonies are held across the United States on Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a firefighter has transformed his Fullerton home into a personal memorial to the fallen.
“I felt compelled to do something because I want the nation to never forget what happened on 9/11,” said the Orange County Fire Authority’s Scott Townley, whose front yard is lined with rows of memorial crosses and American flags. “It was such a tragic day for the nation. I just want everybody to remember the lives that were lost that day.”
Townley has erected the memorial at his house every year since the 2001 terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 victims, including 343 New York City firefighters.
“Each cross represents one of the firefighters, the police and the Port Authority officers,” Townley said, describing the memorial. “Each flag represents one of the civilians that died.
“Each one of them has a special connection to me – especially the firefighters, because I have a special connection to them, from the West Coast to the East Coast,” he said.