A number of local residents turned out to remember those who died and those who gave their lives in the 911 tragedy twelve years ago today.
“We are here to honor the over 3,000 who died 9/11/2001and all who have served and sacrificed greatly in years since,” said VFW Post Commander Larry Hume. Hume remembered three of Shelby County’s soldiers who gave their lives in the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq-Larry E. Polley Jr, Kevin Casey Roberts, and Cory Bertrand.
The US Flag will fly at half-mast until sundown today per Presidential Proclamation.
Hume said the legacy of the first responders who unhesitatingly arrived at the scene of the Twin Towers the day they were attacked will live on in the spirit of today’s first responders, such as those on the Center Police Department, EMS, Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s office.
Police Chief Jim Albers said today was a day to honor the fallen and let what happened strengthen our resolve to not let terrorists win.
EMS Spokesman Jesse Griffith says those who risked and gave their lives on that tragic day blazed the path for present-day responders to continue to do what they do.
Sheriff Willis Blackwell says he appreciates all emergency departments who save lives, pointing out that one department alone could not do it.
Fire Chief Keith Byndum, who laid a memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial Monument commented that it takes a special kind to be a first responder.
Joaquin Mayor Mike Wood played Amazing Grace on the Bagpiipes.
Davd Treadaway of Eagles Across America played Taps.