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Those who've served remember 9/11

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

One steel beam from the World Trade Center sits on the campus of University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. The university held its 9/11 remembrance ceremony today.

Flags fly in Patriot Park on the campus. They represent the lives changed when America was attacked.

"I know people that died at 9/11. And I just think about them, and I remember them. I'm thanking them for what they did," said Elizabeth McKinney, a UC student.

The 9/11 ceremony at Patriot Park is an annual event geared toward the community and students.

"It gives them the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the events of that day and the events that have transpired since," said Michael Colegrove, Vice-President for Student Services, University of the Cumberlands.

"Knowing that Pearl Harbor was happening again, that we were being attacked on our own soil - that is something that America would not let slide by. There would be some type of retaliation," said Col. Mike Farley, who's retired from the U.S. Army.

Farley said he will forever remember that day. After 9/11, he led troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He's since retired from the army, but said he won't forget facing the enemy.

"You train hard. You are making sure your men are prepared and that you're ready to go conduct the mission that the Commander-in-Chief gives you," said Farley.

One beam from the World Trade Center sits on campus now.

"We should take advantage of loving those who are dearest to us - and the freedoms we enjoy," said Farley.

Perhaps as a lasting reminder of the thousands of lives lost, in the fight for our freedom, sparked by that fateful day, ten years ago.

Organizers say with it being the tenth anniversary of the attacks, the ceremony has added meaning this year.

One note, Coloniel Farley is the nephew of former WYMT Anchor Tony Turner.


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