Men in uniform remember victims of 9-11

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Even after nine years, the images from 9-11 are still fresh in the American people's minds. Saturday morning, a Patriot Day ceremony was held by the Craighead County Veterans Monument Association.

Saturday was all about remembrance. September 11th was a tragedy felt by the entire country. While many were mourning across the nation, in Region 8 several came together to remember the innocent victims, and pay tribute to those in uniform.

"We must never forget the 2,792 lives that met a tragic death that day on September 11, 2001," says Patriot Day Chairman Ray Jones.

"Helping people to remember is part of what our country need to do. I think It will contribute strength to our nation," said veteran Max Alexander.

A bell a chimed four times representing each plane that crashed, and a wreath symbolizing those lost was laid to rest at the memory bell.

"This is one of the biggest tragedies the country has ever had, and I think it's important that no one forget that," says Jones.

For many the Patriot Day Service was one of deep significance. "You know I actually joined the army after 9-11," says William Groboski with the U.S. Army.

Groboski felt it was his duty and has since served over seas. "You know when we waged War on Terrorism, it was one of those things I felt I'm doing something. I'm helping out. I'm protecting my country."

Patriots from the city level all the way to the national level were represented. "September 11th is a time where we can come together and realize, hey things can happen to us, and we need to keep our nation strong and that means from the different levels of government all the way up," says Jones.

The Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation has recognized Patriot Day for the past nine years. The Ladies Auxallies planned to also place a wreath at the 9-11 brick at the Craighead County Courthouse.

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