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Area Officials Commemorate 9/11

Even the eyes of eagles experienced tears of sorrow on this day when our country's safety was compromised.

Ten years ago, in the ninth month on the 11th day of 2001, our country experienced a devastation that will never be forgotten. Airplanes crashed into major landmarks in the United States inflicting as much death and destruction imaginable. Three of the planes struck their targets; the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. In the gleam of the morning's first beam, that may have begun with preparing breakfast for the family, getting the kids off to school, or heading off to work, lives were changed within the blink of an eye. Thousands of lives were taken and hundreds were of first responders performing their civic duties. These attacks and the global reaction to them have profoundly shaped the world we live in, so it remains important to remember just what happened on that dark day.

To this day, 9-11-2013, our hearts still mourn this calamity as if it were yesterday. Though our hearts remain heavy, our spirits are still uplifted in prayer for those whom lost loved ones, the many that risked their lives to save others and those whose lives were spared in this tragedy.

As a commemorative celebration toward 9-1-1s horrific tragedy, West Tallahatchie School District's faculty, students, and local honorary constituents assembled to pay tribute to firefighters, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and EMTs whose day-to-day actions signify the exemplary acts of bravery that took place on that very day. District 5 Supervisor- Mr. Carey Hayes, who is also a member of the Tutwiler Fire Department, rendered words of remembrance to 4th - 6th graders which included: "This was a terrible tragedy that will live on in American history infamy."

Rev. Willie Williams- Pastor of Rollins United Methodist Church was also in attendance at the ceremony. He too gave words of commemoration. It has been a tradition that was bestowed upon a group of students at the R. H. Bearden Elementary school to travel to New York annually for a cultural experience. This trip is usually spear headed by Ms. Ora Johnson who is a veteran teacher in the district. They were fortunate to return to the city of New York to visit Ground Zero eight months after the horrific catastrophe.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Pastor Willie Williams, Ebony Jones, Keaundre Benford, Raymond Rembert, Supervisor Cary Hayes

Constable Clifton Bailey, Cartavian Lakes, Liyah McCord, Chief Melvin Hilson

by Marilyn Gibbs

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Area Officials Commemorate 9/11