9 – 11 Memorial

9 – 11 Memorial

By Joe Starkey

 

 

 

The Abilene Fire and Police Departments came together at the Civic Center on Monday, 11 September 2006 to remember the events of five years ago and honor those who fell at the hands of terrorists. Chief of Police Melvin Martin reminded us {{more}} that a lot has changed since then but much remains the same. The threat is still active and must be faced. Judge George Newman said that our daily lives have changed as we deal with increased security but “we still have great freedoms.” The First Responders of our community and nation are still here and “prepared and willing to serve.” Chris Hale, Chaplin for the Fire Department gave the history of the bell at the front of the stage stating that the ‘bell served both as a call to duty and the end of shift. Three bells signify end of call to duty.” The bell was rung at the same time as the collapse of the first tower. There was a minute of silence to remember the sacrifice made by many. Representative Bob Hunter remembered the day for those gathered as he spoke of “preparing for the inauguration of a new Hardin-Simmons University president” and the speakers telling of the beauty and privilege of being in Abilene. He also spoke of the worry that day for a son who worked in New York City. Others asked us to always remember the lose of over 3000 of our neighbors including over 400 First Responders who were not there when the aircraft hit but rushed to help others.