By Kristin Fox
Remembering 9/11/2001, one of the worst days in the history of the United States, the Town of Franklin under the leadership of Franklin Police Chief Devin Holland and Fire Chief Ben Ormond held a memorial remembrance of this day when America was under attack on Monday in downtown Franklin.
“It was worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us,” said Bonnie Peggs, Franklin Police Department Volunteer Chaplain in her opening statement to the crowd. “One of the worst days in American history saw some of the bravest acts in American history. We will always honor the heroes of 9/11, and here at this remembrance of those who lost their lives, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.”
Local citizens, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency services personnel gathered in front of the gazebo to honor the heroes who gave their lives for others and the citizens we lost during the 9/11 tragedy. In addition, County Commissioners Gary Shields and Danny Antoine attended the memorial service.
Franklin High School students, who weren’t even born when the national tragedy occurred, from the FHS Internet Club and the freshmen health and physical education class attended the remembrance.
Following the national anthem sung by Dwayne Cabe, Holland and Ormond read a timeline of the 9/11 events. Bagpiper Michael Waters played God Bless America and Amazing Grace. The colors were presented by Matt Bingham and Justin Riles, Patrol Sergeants with the Franklin Police Department.
In her address to the audience, Peggs quoted President George Bush from his address to the nation on 9/11 – “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
“Why is it important to remember 9/11?,” said Peggs. “The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 brought loss and grief on a scale we have never known but in the dark days that followed the indominable spirit of New York City and our nation shown more brightly than ever as stories of heroism and sacrifice inspired us all.”
“It has been more than two decades since 911,” she added. “We honor and commemorate the sacrifices made that day by remembering the heroes, armed forces, first responders and countless other acts of service to defend our nation’s freedom. In the aftermath of September 11, the phrase ‘Never Forget’ became a symbol. It is now a symbol the reminds all Americans never to forget those we lost. In memory of many, in memory of all, let us stand united and never forget.”