Speakers Remember 9/11 Victims, First Responders

A familiar voice from Churchill County reminded residents and friends at this year’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to remember the evils of September 11, 2001, while honoring those who died and heroically saved others.

Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, now president of the University of Nevada, Reno, also served as the state’s commander-in-chief. During his two terms, hundreds of soldiers and airmen from the Nevada National Guard deployed overseas or remained in the continental United States to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens after the terrorist attacks. occurred in New York, at the Pentagon and on the ground in western Pennsylvania.

“It’s tinged with sadness because what we lost as a nation on 9/11,” Sandoval said, adding that the day, now called Patriot’s Day, was comparable to Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan launched an attack. surprise on Pearl Harbor. .

Sandoval was the guest speaker at this year’s remembrance ceremony which also included addresses from clergy, musical presentations by the Churchill County High School Choir, Mason Valley Fire Protection District Pipers and Melinda Lira, who sang “God Bless America”. Four Churchill County High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets presented the colors, while an American Legion ceremonial squad fired a volley of threes and a bugler played taps.

Sandoval reminded the public of the tragedy displayed on that September day 21 years ago. Terrorists hijacked four passenger jets with two passenger jets hitting each tower of the World Trade Center, another in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and the fourth in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 79 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

“We remember the heroes and the outstanding act of bravery of the 2,996 people who were killed including 343 firefighters and 72 law enforcement officers,” Sandoval added. “We let the world know as a people – the people of this county, the people of this state, the people of this nation – that we never forget.”

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After 9/11, Sandoval said the nation’s resolve had grown, and as a result, the courage displayed by those involved continued to make Nevada and the United States great. He said that whenever the nation suffers a terrible tragedy, it is the duty of the people to remember the tragedy and support each other in their neighborhoods, communities, towns and cities so that incidents such as 9/11 do not happen. not repeat themselves. As Sandoval finished his comments, he said it was a duty for people to have the type of 9/11 ceremony that Fallon needs to remember the spirits of those killed.

Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford and the City of Fallon have taken the initiative among Nevada communities to present an annual remembrance to honor the men and women from all walks of life who have died or shown the courage to save the others. First responders who currently serve in fire departments, hospitals and law enforcement in the area also attended the ceremony, and afterwards they each placed a rose on the 9/11 memorial in the city with residents and guests.

Twenty-one years ago, on a Tuesday morning, Tedford said the lives of people on the East Coast were being disrupted and later those living in different parts of the country. He said America was under attack as the four jets filled with innocent people slammed into three buildings and a field.

“The horror and anguish of that dark day are forever etched in the memory of our nation,” he said. “It was the worst attack on our country since Pearl Harbor.”

Tedford, however, considered 9/11 worse than Pearl Harbor because terrorists attacked civilians and first responders in addition to military personnel. Mayor Fallon also read President George W. Bush’s comments when he addressed the nation later that night.

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our greatest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America. These acts have broken the steel, but they cannot shake the steel of American resolve,” said the president.

Even in the darkest times, Tedford said people across the country have come together.

“When we face difficulties, we emerge stronger, more determined than ever,” he said. “That day we were one nation under God.”

Tedford said not a day goes by that families don’t think of their loved ones who died on 9/11. He also praised local residents who put aside their differences.

“To Fallon and to Churchill. County, we are blessed to always work together as one community,” he said. “We just learn to be kind, patient, and compassionate to each other, no matter what we think about our political issues, our faith, our skin color, or our gender.”

During and after 9/11, Tedford, we were all Americans.

Each year, Tedford gives a timeline of terror showing how the events of 9/11 unfolded. After the New York attacks, he said many cities contacted the mayor’s office to offer help. Fallon also received a symbolic reminder from the mayor’s office, a steel beam from one of the WTC towers that is now part of the city of Fallon’s 9/11 memorial.

Dr. Kurt Carlson of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church delivered the invocation and Pastor Caleb Szymanski of Oasis Community Church offered the blessing. Carlson put the strength and pain into perspective. He said a day does not pass on the calendar that we as Americans do not forget the events of 9/11 and the lives lost during and after the day. He noted that many first responders died due to illnesses caused by the destruction of the Twin Towers.

“We remember the horror and the images human eyes weren’t meant to see. We remember the anguish of hearing the personal conversations of tender last words from husbands and wives who would no longer kiss said Carlson.

Toya J. Bell