First responders in the area gathered Friday night to stage their second annual Emergency Services Parade to commemorate the 19th anniversary of Sept. 11. Vehicles and responders from the eight volunteer fire departments, five volunteer rescue squads, the Department of Public Safety, Martinsville City Fire/EMS, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Martinsville Police Department, Martinsville Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Communications Center will participate. Organizers call this a “non-traditional parade” that began in downtown Bassett and meandered through Collinsville, Martinsville and on to Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway. At the end an American flag will be draped between the ladders of two fire trucks from Bassett and Collinsville, and a wreath will be placed and a moment of silent celebrated for 9/11.
First responders in Martinsivlle and Henry County parade to commemorate Sept. 11