Region Observes 9-11 with Remembrance Ceremony
September 11, 2013 — Gary and Hammond are among Indiana communities honoring victims and heroes of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that left casualties in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, while leaving scars, and resolve, for a nation.
In tribute today, nearly 50 Hammond and Highland businesses along a-two-and-half mile stretch of Kennedy Avenue are remembering victims of September 11th 2001. They are displaying messages on signs and marquees that say “never, ever forget 9-11.”
Drivers who drive up and down Kennedy Avenue in Hammond and Highland might catch a glance at signs and marquees that say “never ever forget 9-11.” Keith Sparks is with Neighborhoods Incorporated, the idea’s creator, and he says, “This is one of the most horrible tragedies ever in American history, especially in the last 50 or 100 years.”
Speaks says the signs are a way to remind people to remember the attack on 9-11 that killed nearly 3000 Americans.
East Chicago resident Benjamin Cabrere supports the tribute, “We never forgot what happened, the devastation, the hurt, the loss.”
Hammond resident Christopher Castillo agrees, “The people, they didn’t deserve to die, to me that was cold blooded, the way they did them.”
Speaks also says he hopes this statement will draw the community closer together, “We’re here on Kennedy Avenue, and we have all our business friends, we do business with each other all the time, why not try and get something together that will lift our spirits and give up more unity?”
Dairy Queen employee Meghan Furdeck says she was 11 years old when 9-11 attack happened. She says she remembers feeling helpless. She says now, seeing the signs, she feels secure, “When I found out they were doing this, it kind of just touched my heart that we still thrive, we are Americans, we thrive.”
And that was Neighborhoods Incorporated’s message: to get people to remember what happened September 11th 2001 and to know that Hammond and Highland residents will never forget.
The City of Gary is observing the 9-11 attacks with a remembrance ceremony on the steps of City Hall. Citizens joined Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson to celebrate the strength of the country and the dedication and hard work of emergency worker in Gary. Gary’s Mayor, Karen Freeman-Wilson is honoring the men and women who died September 11, 2001 with a remembrance ceremony.
Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson says, “We want to certainly commemorate the individuals who gave their lives and who scarified their lives on 9-11-2001 as they responded to all of the terrorist’s attacks.” Tracy Rhodes, a resident who attended the remembrance ceremony says, “My heart goes out to all of the families; I will keep them in my prayers.”
Another attendee, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt says, “It’s just very humbling, I don’t know if I could do what they did, as Brewer says, they leave their homes, their families, not knowing if they are going to return.”
The guest speaker, Congressman Ron Brewer says he remembers 9-11 as an emotional day, “This brings back a sense of sadness, but gratitude because the men and women continue to hold strong in our police department.”
The mayor also reflected on the service her Police and Fire departments. She says all of the city’s emergency workers go beyond the call when it comes to protecting the city, “We see that bravery; we see that dedication, that every day commitment.” Karen Fitzgerald watched the ceremony from afar and says the ceremony was beautiful, “I think it was fantastic, a great attempt to show that we do stand, we have come together and we have overcome.” Mayor Freeman-Wilson says, “Is a positive way to indicate our strength, both as a country and as a community.”
Fire Captain Erik McDaniel says he remembers seeing the images on the news as if it were yesterday. He says, “Even though it’s been years, there are still feeling there, it will never be forgotten.” Guest speaker and Gary Common Councilman-At-Large Councilman Ron Brewer says, “We are a country that is made of strong people, our belief system is very strong and our faith, and we have good strong men and women that are committed to their jobs and public service.”
A moment of song and prayer to honor, to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives 12-years-ago, and to say thank you to the men and women who diligently work every day to keep the community safe.