City of Beaumont Patriot Day 2020
It has been a trying year for all citizens of Beaumont. This fact is an understatement for our first responders. Our police, fire, and EMS employees recently went into overtime working to protect the citizens from the impact of a category 4 hurricane. We were so blessed the outcome was less severe than expected in Beaumont. Thanks to our first responders and our emergency operations center staff, we were prepared for the worst. Our first responders have worked tirelessly this year responding to the threat of COVID-19 along with our public health department, and the fight continues. Just this week we reported the heartbreaking COVID-19 death of a 22-year-old male with no underlying health conditions. Along with our City of Beaumont first responders, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to our nurses and doctors fighting COVID-19. We salute you for your bravery and dedication to our citizens.
COVID-19 has reminded us of the dangers and sacrifices our first responder’s encounter while fulfilling their duties. Please take a moment this Friday, September 11, to remember our fallen first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. We will never forget our brothers and sisters who lost their lives in the attack of our nation.
It was my honor to establish our annual Patriot Day four years ago to recognize these brave men and women on our annual Patriot Day Celebration. City of Beaumont Patriot Day is held each year on September 11 at 11 am to honor our local first responders: our police department, our fire department, and our emergency services department, as well as victims of the attack on our nation. I am saddened to report that as a result of restrictions we are well familiar with at this time due to COVID-19, and the fact that our event facilities in the City of Beaumont are still closed, we do not feel it would be safe to gather together to hold a Patriot Day 2020 event. We look forward to celebrating Patriot Day in person in 2021.
-Becky Ames, Mayor, City of Beaumont