13 years following the destruction that occurred on September 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial held a memorial service to remember the events that occurred on the historic day. The day’s events began with a program held for Tiffin Columbian and Tiffin Calvert freshmen students, where a documentary was watched at Columbian before being bused to the memorial for special remarks.
Later that day, thanks to a grant from The National Machinery Foundation and help from The Ritz Theatre, a second memorial service was held free for the public. People began the program at The Ritz Theatre, where a documentary regarding the 9/11 events was shown. Following the documentary, people proceeded to the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial. During the memorial services, various speakers shared their reflections on the tragic day’s events that occurred thirteen years ago.
The 17.5 foot long steel center column, weighing over 6,000 pounds, was retrieved following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. On August 23, 2011, three Tiffin Firefighters and one retired firefighter traveled to New York City’s JFK Airport to retrieve the steel artifact. The Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial was dedicated in September of 2012. The memorial sits in Tiffin, Ohio, on the corner of North Washington Street and Water Street, along the Sandusky River.