Walker Co. remembers the events of 9/11
Tuesday, the Tennessee Valley is remembering those who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States 17 years ago.
In LaFayette, Georgia, folks gathered at the Walker County Court House.
The ceremony started with the Pledge of Allegiance, and as it went on, you could hear bells ringing to signify the moment two jet planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York.
“I do hereby proclaim September 11, 2018, as Patriot Day in Walker County, Georgia,” Commissioner Shannon Whitfield stated, alongside other emergency personnel.
They commemorated the day with a moment of silence, speeches and singing. The ladies of the Bella Voce Advanced Women’s Choir at Lafayette High School sang God Bless America.
“Will these children ever really understand what we as adults experienced that day?” Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson asked.
It was a question that was echoed amongst many others who told stories of where they were when that tragic day happened. Students from Lafayette High School said even though some of them weren't even born, the events 9/11 still impact them.
"I felt angry,” Joelle Shields, an 11th grader with the women’s choir, expressed. “I mean, like, I know I’m getting this opportunity to sing, but I felt angry with what had happened. I mean, like, who does that and does that to people."
Another student, Alyssa Folds, reflecting on the moment, said, "so we just all celebrated this today; we go out and spend time with each other to just feel love and spend time with family because we could of lost them.”
Sheriff Steve Wilson remembers gathering around the television with his deputies watching the events unfold. He said the country should never forget the events that unfolded that day.
"We need to teach our children," Sheriff Wilson said. "We need to teach it in school, what this day was all about, how it impacted our country, how it still impacts our country today."