On Monday, Sept. 11, the Anna Fire Departmet, in addition to the Anna Chapter of the American Legion, Post 194, the Anna Police Department and Anna Middle School, hosted a 9/11 rememberance ceremony to remember all the lives lost in 2001. The event, in rememberance of the 16 years since that tragic day, was held at the Slayter Creek Park in Anna.
The ceremony opened at 7:30 a.m. by Anna Fire Chief Tim Gothard with a small speech. The invocation was given by Captain Cody Nelson. After the opening prayer, the Anna Fire Department Honor Guard presented the colors.
The flag was presented to the past American Legion State Commander Jim Fleming and Past Post 194 Commander Dick Dowd by the AFD.
The Anna American Legion Post raised the flag, then lowered it to half mass in memory of all the first responders that were lost when the towers fell. Anna Fire Captain Chuy Eaton then performed the Pledge of Alliance.
Anna Police Department Chief Kenny Jenks said a few words to the guests and crowd in attedance. Jenks’ speech was followed by a moment of silence to show respect.
The ceremony was concluded with the ringing of the bells. Ringing bells three times in a sequence of five is a way of honoring the fallen.
At the end of the ceremony, there was fellowship and refreshements of doughnuts and coffee for the guests.
Gothard said the majority of the people in attendance consisted of the fire and police department as well as city and community leaders. There were a few citizens as well. “We, as a Nation, continue to lose brothers, sisters and loved ones daily as a result of that day,” Gothard said. “As a community, we must never forget.”