Veterans Honor Sept. 11 Victims

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Red, white and blue contrasted sharply with the bright cloudless sky, as the flag those colors defined was lowered, raised, lowered again and left at half-staff.

A prayer and moment of silence was followed by an appropriately haunting rendition of "Taps."

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Chuck Johnson and Cory Matthews salute as the United States flag is lowered to half-staff during a ceremony Tuesday morning to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Each note pierced the warm September air and served as a sobering reminder of the heartbreaking events of six years ago.

Firefighters, military veterans, police officers and civilians offered their unified respect for those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

The American Legion plans to continue this tribute each Sept. 11.

Legion Commander Sherman Alston said that the events, which unfolded so tragically in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, six years ago, must not be forgotten.

"We've got to remember them," he said.

Alston said that the Legion wanted to honor the victims and remember the sacrifices of the many rescue workers.

"We tried to coordinate (the dedication) with the events that happened on that day," he said. "It was the first time America's been under attack in the history of America. So many innocent people lost their lives."

The Legion will also host a Watchfire today, Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m. The fire will remain lit for 12 hours, until 6 a.m. on Sept. 12. The fire will be lit outside the American Legion building on Highway 260.

Honor sticks are available to anyone who wishes to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks.

"We encourage everyone to come out to put a stick in the fire," Alston said.

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