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700 lb '9/11 Honor Log' carried to honor first responders

Posted at 10:21 PM, Sep 11, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - One by one volunteers, firefighters and members of Virginia’s Task Force 2 and non-profit organization Carry On carried a 700-pound honor log to honor lives lost during the 9/11 attack.

"It was very heavy, so we took turns so everybody gets a piece. There are six people on it symbolizing the pallbearers, like carrying a coffin," Jeremy Soles, the co-founder of Carry On, said.

Approximately 30 volunteers carried the 700-pound log for more than two hours from 40th Street to 35th Street in Virginia Beach.

"It’s 22 inches in diameter to represent the 22 suicide veterans and suicides a day. It's 7 feet in length, symbolizing a casket," Kenneth Pravetz, deputy chief of Virginia Beach Fire Department, said.

Volunteers all took turns to carry the 700-pound honor log - and did it with a smile.

Pravetz hopes people take a chance to reflect during the 20th 9/11 anniversary.

"Take a minute to pause and remember the people that were lost that day, and think how much the country has changed since then," Pravetz said.

During this year’s second annual honor carry event, non-profit organization Carry On partnered with the Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Task Force 2. Soles says his work won't stop there.

"Our goal is to put a honor log in each state representing and honoring the fallen law enforcement, military, fire and rescue," Soles said.