A simple candle flame has been used over the years to stand for many things: power, strength, unity. In the city of Hyden, that flame was used to honor those lost during the September 11th, 2001 attack on America.
“We all come together once a year on September 11th not only to remember everyone who died during 9/11, but also to remember our EMS workers that die yearly,” said Phyllis Pennington.
Each year, volunteer firefighters, EMS workers and veterans join the community to express that memory by the way of a candlelight walk through the city.
This was a day is about remembering the past, but folks here said it's also an opportunity to highlight the present, specifically the folks who place their lives on the line for their communities every day.
“Don't take for granted to the volunteers that are in the community. It's more than just ems and fire, and in the event that they find themselves criticizing, [I hope they] put themselves in their shoes,” said Micheal Joseph.
So whether it's honoring the past, or the present, September 11th is a day communities here and throughout the country are coming together to share the experience.