As people around the country pause to remember 9/11, local officials are stressing the importance of teaching younger generations about what happened 11 years ago.
At a ceremony in Bloomington Tuesday morning, bagpipers played “Amazing Grace” as people watched the flag flying at half staff.
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says commemorating every 9/11 anniversary is important for the next generation – those who are not old enough to remember that day.
“It’s important for us to teach kids and to remind ourselves that national day of service and remembrance is more than a date on a calendar,” he says.
Local public safety officials honored those who died on 9/11. Bloomington Police Chief Michael Diekhoff says it’s important never to forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s nice to have these ceremonies to remember public safety officials who rushed into the buildings and who put their lives on the line every day,” he says. “I don’t think that people – I think they take it for granted sometimes.”
Honoring Indiana’s First Responders
Indiana’s first responders who went to New York the day of the attacks were honored at a separate ceremony in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Indiana’s Task Force One is a search and rescue team of emergency personnel and civilians who arrived at Ground Zero just 16 hours after the World Trade Center towers fell.
George Callahan is a former firefighter and member of Task Force One. He says it does not take much to bring the memories to mind.
“Something will trigger a thought and it just kind of brings it all back,” he says. “And I can remember almost minute to minute what I was doing that day in New York City.”
Tuesday’s memorial ceremony also honored the eight Hoosiers who died in the attacks. Governor Daniels ordered the state’s flags be flown at half staff, in accordance with a directive from President Obama.