Current and veteran U.S. marines salute the flag at a ceremony commemorating the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The event took place at the Firefighter Academy in Desamparados, and dozens of Costa Rican firefighters and members of the U.S. Marine Corps League attended, along with U.S. Consul Ravi Candadai and Costa Rican Firefighters Director Héctor Chaves. “There are universal principles not related to nationality, creed, or race,” said Chaves in a speech. “And firemen from all over the world are united by the same mission: to protect life in all its forms, without any distinctions.” The monument, entitled “Spirit Rising,” by U.S. artist Roland Hockett, was originally located in San José, where it was vandalized. The monument now stands in its new home at the academy.
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