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Honor the memory of Sept. 11, 2001

Friday, September 10, 2010

There are certain memories that are always etched in the mind.

I know I've said this before, but I still remember that day like it was yesterday.

In 2001, I was the Sports Editor for The Brazil Times.

I had gone from working a morning shift to the evenings, putting together sports pages the night before they went to print.

I would go home after a long night and watch Sports Center.

Typically, the morning after, I would wake up and again, flip the TV to Sports Center to see if I missed anything.

When I turned on the television the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I expected to hear the voice of Dan Patrick, poking fun at something odd in the wide world of sports.

Rather, I heard the voice of Peter Jennings, then the ABC news anchor.

I remember thinking how odd. Something must be wrong. At that time in my life, the television rarely was on any other station other than ESPN.

To this day, I remember it took me nearly five minutes to clearly realize the magnitude of what had happened that morning.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Has it really been nine years?

Again, it seems like it just happened.

The shear horror of seeing those planes flying straight into those buildings.

The terror that gripped all of us while watching live footage of the single-worst attack in our nation's history.

Seeing footage of buildings crumbling, we continued watching, not really knowing what to think.

How could this happen? Why did this happen?

There are several events going on in the community the next few days in honor of Sept. 11.

A Heroes Breakfast took place Saturday morning at Pappy's Bar-B-Que, 111 E. National Ave., Brazil, which was co-hosted by Pappy's and Cloverleaf Healthcare, Knightsville.

A Flag dedication is set to take place today at Exceptional Living Center, 501 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, during the organization's Cruise-In Car Show.

A Thank You Dinner has been scheduled to take place at 5 p.m., at Forest Park, and is being hosted by the Bee Ridge Congregational Church. A special Memorial Service will begin at 6 p.m.

In addition, the ninth 9/11 Luncheon hosted by Eastside Christian Church will take place at noon, Sept. 16.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels issued a directive Thursday afternoon that flags throughout the state be lowered to half-staff today in honor of Patriot Day.

The directive came from President Barack Obama, who also called on all Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

The country came together nine years ago on that tragic day.

Nine years later, it appears we're as fractured as ever.

Hopefully just for today, all can put aside their differences in remembrance of those who died that fateful day.

Hopefully, we can rise above the ashes that have clouded our minds in recent months -- even for only a few minutes or perhaps the entire day -- and be better.