Van Buren remembers 9/11

By | September 15, 2018 6:39 am

Last Updated: September 15, 2018 at 6:42 am

Story by Hansel Moore (Photos by Josh Randall and Tara Reid)

By Hansel Moore

Sept. 11, 2018, was the 17th anniversary of the day when men chose to be our enemies and coordinated an attack on our country.   We are two generations away from that day, and it seems as if the significance diminishes with each year that passes. This is a day that must not be forgotten. There are few days in the history of our young nation that have compared to the events of 9/11.

The day was commemorated at the Veteran’s Square, in Spencer. American Legion Post 207 was joined by Post 173 of Warren County to honor the memories of the victims of that day. The event was about remembering the 2,966 men, women, and children whose lives were suddenly ended by the actions of men consumed with hatred.

The assembly was to honor the passengers of Flight 93 who purposely crashed their hijacked airplane into a field in Pennsylvania. Without their heroic actions and sacrifice, the number of victims most likely would have much greater. As citizens, soldiers, and veterans, they gathered to remember those who were serving at the Pentagon in our nation’s capital on that fateful day.

Local fire crews from Piney, Cedar Grove, Spencer, and Fall Creek Falls were joined by the Van Buren Sheriff Department and Tennessee state park rangers to lift up the memories of the men and women of the New York Police Department, fire department, and members of emergency services.   On that day, while millions of people attempted to escape the fire and destruction, teams of brave first responders rushed toward the chaos. Putting aside their own demise, they charged forward to assist others in needs.

The intent of the attacks was to dissolve the American way of life. However, those who perpetrated the cowardly acts soon realized the true fabric of the American people.

  • Allegiance was demonstrated by the thousands of patriots who converged on recruitment centers to pledge and oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic.
  • The American flag was displayed everywhere as patriotism saturated the landscape.
  • We are a United States of America as was evident as first responders from all 50 states who participated in the ultimate act of mutual aid to New York departments.
  • For weeks, churches and synagogues were overflowing as we prayed for the victims’ families as one nation under God.
  • Indivisible as we placed aside our differences to face a common enemy
  • The hatred was intended to destroy the liberties that differentiate the USA from any other nation on earth.

The American Flag was raised above the rubble and ashes of the fallen towers. It rose as a symbol of the resolve of the American people.

For over 200 years, the banner of broad stripes and bright stars has symbolized the United States of America. This star spangled banner still waves, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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