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Area residents pay tribute to those who died on Sept. 11

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

U.S. Army SFC Neil Brown bows his head in prayer Tuesday at Brazil City Hall in remembrance of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
A crowd of residents gathered at Brazil City Hall Tuesday in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tuesday marked the sixth year since the terrorist attacks.

"I want to thank everyone for being here today," Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.

Brazil Police Department Capt. Dave Archer performs "God Bless America" Tuesday morning at City Hall as residents gathered in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony began with Brazil Water Treatment Plan Supervisor and minister Jake Raubuch reflecting on what happened six years ago.

"I was profoundly affected by the loss of lives that happened at that event," he said. "We ought not forget.

"We're thankful for those who have fought for our freedom."

Brazil City employee Dee Byrer bows her head in prayer Tuesday as residents gathered in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.
Those in attendance at the ceremony then bowed their heads for a moment of silence.

Former Nazarene Reverend George Hewitt then addressed the crowd, talking about how he remembered all of the "God Bless America" signs that he witnessed in vehicles in the area following Sept. 11, 2001.

"We live in days of mistrust," Hewitt said.

He continued by quoting scripture and then asked the crowd to pray with him.

Brazil City Fire Department representative Toby Archer then provided a speech for the crowd, asking them not to forget that tragic day.

"That dark morning, we watched in disbelief," Archer said. "We watched as common people rose to acts of bravery."

Archer continued by talking about honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

"We honor their bravery. We honor their sacrifice," Archer said.

He then asked all those in attendance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tuesday's event concluded with Brazil Police Department Capt. Dave Archer performing "God Bless America" on an acoustic guitar as the crowd sang along.

Other agencies took time out Tuesday morning to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, including employees at the Clay County Courthouse.

Although the crowd on the lawn of the courthouse was small, many employees inside the courthouse took a moment to watch from the windows as Clay County Veterans Officer Les Walden, Commissioners Charlie Brown and Jack Withers and Assessor Mark Barnhart lowered the flag to half-staff.

"It's important to remember what happened this day," Brown said.

Walden had the crowd join hands in a prayer circle around the flagpole after a moment of silence.

"Let us remember those who died that terrible day," he said. "And let us not forget the brave men and women of the military services who are fighting against the war on terror today."

Times' Staff Reporter Ivy Jackson contributed to this report

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