PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland paid tribute on Sunday to the first responders who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as honored current members of Maine's emergency services community.
A Blue Mass was held at the cathedral. The ceremony prominently featured police, fire and EMS members — some read scriptures while others sat in attendance to show support.
Bishop Robert Deeley led the mass, saying the Blue Mass tradition was revived in the Dioceses of Portland immediately following the attacks of 9/11.
The bishop recognized the recent division and tension between society and law enforcement in many parts of the country. He said it is important to remember the sacrifice made by first responders every day.
"All the more does that make a gathering such as this more necessary," Deeley said. "It is a reminder of the good that is done by those who keep order in our society. Our prayer then for the frayed corners of our society must be all the more fervent."
The bishop added that the public should advocate for society's first responders to have all the best resources needed to support training and good health in order for them to continue to serve at their best.
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