Hundreds of people gathered at Liberty State Park on Sunday to honor the first responders, search dogs and veterinarians who deployed to the attacks of 9/11.  The event started with the inaugural national moment of remembrance marked by sirens and bells signifying the moment of terror that struck our country and the magnitude of hope that came from such a tragedy.

Canine Search & Rescue, Search & Recovery, and Therapy dog handlers processed through an arch of swords presented by the color guard to recognize their outstanding efforts at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Fresh Kills landfill.
The first Sirius Courage awards were presented in honor of Sirius- the only canine to lose his life in the line of duty during the attacks. Lt. David W. Lim, Sirius’s handler and a police officer with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, was on hand to present the awards. Awards were given posthumously to family of Sgt. Zainah “Caye” Creamer, USA and Officer First Class John Douangdara, USN. Creamer’s K9 partner, Jofa, who survived the attack that took his handler’s life, was also on hand to receive an award.

The Convention on Cooperation Among Working Dog Organizations was also signed.

We continue to honor those who served in the rescue and recovery efforts of 9/11 and those who continue to serve and prepare to help their country when in need.

Follow the continued efforts to honor and promote the working dog at Finding One Another.

Photos by Kelly Stratton