JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An annual event honoring the September 11, 2001 attacks was held Sunday morning on the courthouse lawn in Downtown Jonesboro.
The event began with a prayer, followed by the national anthem. The event featured two speakers: Mayor Harold Perrin and 1st District Congressman Rick Crawford.
The two spoke about the impact that the terror attacks has had on the nation as well as share words of comfort for dealing with the emotional toll of the terrible day a decade ago.
Billy Cribbs, Commander of the Jonesboro chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, organized Sunday's event, and said it's been helping people mourn since 2001. "When those people went to work, they just thought they were having a normal day," said Cribbs.
Cribbs said the remembrance ceremony is important to remind people of those who made America the way it is today, "We always need to honor the people," he said "Like the fireman, when they put their uniform on everyday they never know what they are gong to be doing, the same for the fireman and the military."
For those in attendance, they said it helps them cope with the emotions by gathering together, "It gives me bad feelings but it also gives me a good feeling to be out here and help people remember what happened to us," said Carl Bragg, Commander of the Jonesboro VFW. Bragg also served in two wars and said the anniversary means a lot to him, "We had a serious attack ten years a go, it has affected me."
The event began on the Craighead County Courthouse lawn at 8 a.m. and lasted 30 minutes. Cribbs said to allow people to attend the ceremony and then go to church.