Wickliffe - In remembrance of the tragedy that rocked the United States on September 11, 2001, community members attended a memorial service at the Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum in honor of all of Americans who lost their lives not only that day, but in the days following the event.
Don Garrison with the Civil Air Patrol was one of the speakers at the museum last Wednesday. The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a non-profit public service organization devoted to emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education. Since 1941, they have served America by providing these humanitarian services using volunteer members, CAP volunteers are unpaid, concerned citizens doing good works through local community activities.
Garrison spoke about the need to pause and thank those who served others during the 9/11 attack. The CAP was involved with the search for bodies following the attack on September 11th. “We need to clear time for reflection for what the Holy Spirit of God leads you,” said Garrison before he lead a silent prayer for those lost on 9/11.
Sandy Hart asked those in attendance where they were 12 years ago on September 11th when the nation learned of the attach on the United States. Judge/Executive Vickie Viniard and County Clerk Lynn Lane recalled where they were on that tragic day. In addition, just about everyone in attendance shared where he or she had been.
Throughout the memorial service, Bonnie Bruner gave reports of the events of that day as they unfolded.
Richard Pigg, Pastor of 1st Christian Church in Wickliffe, spoke about where he was. “It’s hard to believe it was 12 years ago,” said Pigg. He then led a prayer in which he encouraged everyone to be grateful for the Freedom and Liberty Americans have and to remember the families left behind.
Kenneth Brown, Chaplain CAP Paducah, spoke about recognizing the American heritage. He said he had been in Western Europe the morning of September 11, 2001, when he heard the news about what had happened at the Twin Towers. He said being out of ones homeland and watching ones county being attacked via the International News is haunting.
Brown also talked about how kids look up to sports heroes and celebrities. “They overlook those who paid the price for the freedoms we enjoy today,” he said. Brown said one of his clearest memories of 9/11 was being told, “The America you came to serve is not the one you are returning to.”