Native South African pays tribute to countrymen who died on 9/11

(WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —¬†More than a decade after 9/11, a man from the other side of the world is paying tribute.

Rory Latimer is visiting the United States from South Africa.

He knew he couldn’t let his trip to this country pass without honoring the two South African firefighters who died in those attacks.

At the 9/11 memorial on West Ohio Street on Wednesday, Latimer sang his country’s national anthem, and spoke in memory of Nick Rowe and Craig Gibson.

“Let us keep your memories alive. Memories of those you loved, those you cherished, we’ll keep them alive and remember them,” Latimer said.

Latimer said before he left, many South Africans contacted him saying they would be with him in spirit during the tribute. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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