Bixby residents hold 9/11 remembrance ceremony

Posted at 12:14 PM, Sep 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 19:07:14-04

Green Country residents held a 9/11 remembrance ceremony as dozens gathered at Washington Irving Park to remember those who lost their lives.

Bixby police, firefighters and community members all joined hands to prey for those families who lost loved ones 15 years ago.

As taps begins, an American flag is in every hand and the color guard walks to the memorial at Washington Irving Park in Bixby.

"It's always in the back of your mind," Southwest Airlines employee Jeffrey O'Dell said.

It's a tribute to that September day 15 years ago that changed America forever.

"We were attacked and we need to remember that we don't allow the few to overcome us and we don't allow another system of thinking to take away our freedom," Daughters of American Revolution member Marilyn Weed-Means said.

Weed-Means says just the thought of today brings a tear to her eye.

"If we don't remember history, we make the same mistakes again," she said.

Every plaque at the 9/11 memorial represents a timeline of that tragic day. A piece of the World Trade Center is mounted between them.

"You look at that piece of metal and think the steel is so strong and how it's s twisted, it just kind  puts into perspective what really happened," Bixby Fire Captain Chad Boles said.

Bixby firemen and police officers stand proud. Community members raise their flags and sing the patriotic tune.

Even though taps ends, our country's mourning never will.

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