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Legion’s 9-11 ‘Never Forget’ event

By Susan Junker BCC Contributor

Draping the American Flag at the Pentagon

America’s “National Day of Service and Remembrance” – or Patriot Day – occurs each year on Sept. 11. This special day honors the 2,977 people killed in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. This was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States. Sunday, Sept. 11, is Bandera County’s opportunity to “serve and remember.”
To commemorate this “Day of Service” and honor local first responders, including veterans, firefighters, law enforcement and EMS, members of Bandera American Legion Post 157 will serve a full breakfast menu from 8 am to noon, Saturday, Sept. 10.
All proceeds from the donations-only breakfast will benefit the Bandera County Volunteer Fire Departments. Menu includes pancakes & fixins’, sausage, eggs to order and omelets, along with juice and coffee.
Patriotic favors will be available for kids. Additionally, Bandera County’s historic jail, located on 12th Street, across from the American Legion Hall, will be open for tours from 9 am until 1 pm.
The entire community can also participate in the “Remembrance” at their homes, businesses and churches. The United States flag is flown at half-staff on all US government buildings and establishments on 9-11. Americans are encouraged to display the flag at individual homes and businesses.
Bells should be rung just before each moment of silence to commemorate each horrific incident. All times are CST:
• At 9:46 am, for the crash of American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center
• At 10:03 am for the crash of United Airlines Flight 173 into the south tower of the World Trade Center;
• At 10:43 am, for the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon
• At 11 am, for United Airlines Flight 93 which went down in a field about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
These moments of silence allow us to remember the sadness of the attacks and be thankful that our nation remains strong through it all as we continue to fight terrorism.
Additionally, all churches and clergy are encouraged to include the chimes and moment of silence as part of their September 11th services.
The first Presidential Proclamation by George W. Bush states, “We will not forget the events of that terrible morning nor will we forget how Americans responded in New York City, at the Pentagon and in the skies over Pennsylvania – with heroism and selflessness; with compassion and courage; with prayer and hope.”
Commander Dennis Birchall encouraged everyone to participate whether in remembering, serving or donating. “These volunteer ‘first responders’ selflessly give up their time to protect the lives and property of their neighbors. They are deserving of our recognition and support,” he said.