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'Never Forget'

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

V.F.W. Post No. 1127 Commander Bob Bigley readies for a performance of "Taps," at the conclusion of the 9/11 ceremony at Brazil City Hall Tuesday morning. [Order this photo]
* Residents, officials gather to reflect on 9/11

Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill asked the handful of students from Van Buren Elementary School how old they were.

They replied with an approximate age of 9.

Gambill then said he was grateful they didn't witness the attacks and hoped they would never live through such a traumatic event.

On Tuesday, Clay County officials, City of Brazil officials, local law enforcement and first responders gathered at Brazil City Hall to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, a day that changed America.

"Today, we are gathered to remember," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham told the large crowd. "People of our great nation will never forget those sacrifices."

Brazil City officials organized the event.

As members of the community gathered around City Hall, Brazil Fire Department firefighters began setting up the city's Garrison Flag for all to see.

The flag at City Hall was lowered to half-mast when bells tolled at First United Methodist Church and Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

Following Wyndham's brief introduction, Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch offered an invocation, before Brazil City Councilman Sam Glover sang the National Anthem.

Brazil Fire Chief Jake Bennett then took to the podium to discuss the events from 11 years ago.

"(All the victims) were loved and will never be forgotten," he said, adding the images of Sept. 11, 2001, are still shocking more than a decade later.

"These were cowardice acts," Bennett said.

Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout then offered a timeline of the events on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I hope none of us ever forgets the events of 9/11," Trout told the audience. "It is so important that we remember history."

Gambill also discussed how that fateful day changed not just Clay County, but America.

"When these attacks took place, we weren't Clay Countians or Hoosiers," he said. "We were Americans."

The event also included a performance of Darryl Worley's "Have You Forgotten," by city employees Brad Archer, Rob Geldmeier and Marv Moon, in addition to local resident Kayla Chiles singing Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA."

Members of the V.F.W. Post No. 1127 also offered a 21-gun salute and a performance of "Taps."

Clay County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Gambill speaks to the crowd at Brazil City Hall's Sept. 11, memorial ceremony Tuesday morning. [Order this photo]
Other speakers included Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen and Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown. Paul Sinders also provided the benediction.

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Such a great program that our local officials conduct. Thanks!!!

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 6:23 PM

Good job Chief and by all who spoke. Thank you.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 8:16 PM

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