NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue held its 4th annual 9/11 Memorial Beach Walk. A solemn and unified walk down the beach from one end of North Myrtle to the other to honor the lives lost during the September 11th attacks.
More than 30 men and women, some of the servicemen in full gear, others in uniform, but all in solidarity. There were firefighters and first responders from all departments in North and South Carolina that came together on the beach to honor their fallen brothers and sisters. The group walked 9 miles of beach to never forget.
Michael Tippett, a firefighter from Dunn, North Carolina, was on vacation in North Myrtle Beach, with his family and decided to join in the walk. "I feel honored that they let me do it," said Tippett. "I have family that's in law enforcement and the fire department and seeing that and just what happened to them it hits home to me."
Before setting out on their journey the group started with prayer and the pledge of allegiance.
Coast Guardsmen from Georgetown, South Carolina also came down to walk, along with other service members and first responders from other departments.
"The fire department is a brotherhood and they always stick together no matter what," said Tippett.
Justin Martin, an engineer for North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue, helped organized the beach walk. "It makes me feel like I've done something today, to support my fellow family members," he said.
In 2011, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety officials wanted to show respect to those who had given the ultimate sacrifice during the terrorists attacks.
In efforts to memorialize all of those involved on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day, they elected to walk the entire stretch of beach within the City of North Myrtle Beach.
Dressed in their gear from head to toe, the same gear and equipment that many of their brothers and sisters wore that day when they lost their lives, they walked.
"To go through a building that's almost a 100 hundred stories and climb up those stairwells in your gear, it really puts in perspective what they went through that day, said" Martin.
As the first responders and military personnel walked the beach, you can hear the cheers and applause for their efforts, many waving flags, encouraging them and thanking them for their efforts.
Ed Swaska, a retired firefighter from New Jersey now calls North Myrtle Beach his home, he says he came to the beach to support.
"For 39 years I was a volunteer firefighter up in New Jersey, and so this is a very nice thing that North Myrtle Beach Fire does to honor our brothers that we lost in New York," said Swaska.
The firefighters say the walk is to never forget the countless first responders and military personnel who responded that day and those that continue to fight in the war on terrorism.
" Very sad that something like this happened to the United States. It is very important that every generation remembers this, just like generations in the past remember Pearl Harbor this is our Pearl Harbor, as it has been said many times before, it is just very important that people remember this day and the sacrifices that were made.