POSTED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 2:14pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 8:09pm
It was just after 8:45 am when the first plane crashed into the North Tower, we would soon learn that horrific act was only the beginning.
The next nearly 12 hours were filled with uncertainty and uneasiness about the attacks on America and if they were over or not, and in the last ten years many American's hearts still weigh heavy when it comes to the tragedies of September 11th, 2001.
Friday BISD staff, law enforcement personnel and community members came together to pay their respects to the over three thousand innocent people who perished in the terrorist attacks; hundreds of first responders, and thousands of innocent passengers on the planes, as well as the men, women and children who were in the World Trade Center Towers and Pentagon when the planes hit.
"Today we recall and celebrate what we learned about ourselves on that particular day, we celebrate, we remember and we keep in our mind and hearts what happened in that terrible event," said BISD Superintendent, Dr. Carl A. Montoya.
The event remembered all that lost their lives on that fateful day and paid special tribute to our local first responders and all they do to protect us here at home on a daily basis.
While many of our local men and women behind the badge don't have direct ties to the first responders that died during the 9/11 attacks, many still feel at least a distant connection to the September 11th heroes.
"There's a close knit relationship that is an extension of what is a family, you know first responders make the ultimate sacrifice," said BISD Police Chief Oscar Garcia.
While the BISD Police Chief, who has been in public safety since the 70's and clearly remembers the events of 9/11, others at the time, like Nicholas Garcia were just kids. He was only seven and admits he didn't fully understand what was going on back then. That over the years has changed as he's grown into a young man.
"I've grown up over time and every 9/11 I would watch these videos and the pictures of the tragedy that happened and it started to hit me, and now I can say that I'm proud to be an American and proud to be alive when that happened," said Hanna High School Senior Nicholas Garcia.
As were many people out there at Friday's ceremony, proud Americans, who vow to never forget the day that made American history.
There are several other 9/11 ceremonies in the lower valley this weekend.
Saturday, September 10,2011
Valley Regional Hospital
Sunday, September 11,2011
South Padre Island
W.H Heavin Amphitheater