Avoyelles Parish first responders share 9/11 memories

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - If you were in Avoyelles Parish on Wednesday, you may have noticed a line of first responders making their way through the streets for the annual 9/11 Memorial Tour.

Avoyelles Parish 9/11 Memorial Tour | Photo Source: KALB

All 15 fire departments, and multiple other agencies, got together and made a trip around the entire parish, passing every school.

Students elementary through high school lined the streets waving flags, and thanking the first responders as the tour rolled by.

It's been a tradition every year since the deadly attack in 2001, and participants said they don't plan on stopping any time soon.

Patrolman Damon Didier of the Marksville Police Department said the tour is worth the effort every year.

“One of the greatest things that happened from 9/11 was for maybe 2 or 3 weeks, our whole country was just one country,” Didier explained. “We were together, there was no race, class, division of any sort, we all pulled together as a country and it was an amazing feeling. Even if for one little day we can remind these kids and get them to have that same feeling, I think that's something we need to instill in them for the future."

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