Brookings event marks 11th anniversary of 911

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer September 11, 2012 10:51 pm

Brookings Emblem Club members hold flag before conducting a folding ceremony. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Brookings Emblem Club members hold flag before conducting a folding ceremony. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Eleven years ago Tuesday, four passenger airplanes were taken over by 19 terrorists and used as devastating weapons.

Two planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one plunged into the Pentagon in Alexandria, Va., and the fourth was taken over by the passengers and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania – its destination unknown.

 

On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks.

On Sunday, the Brookings-Harbor Redshirts hosted a vigil at Brookings-Harbor High School in remembrance for those who lost their lives.

The event began in the school auditorium with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Scott Perry singing the national anthem. During the next hour, The Spence Brothers performed on stage.

As the evening progressed, Emblem Club 265 presented a flag folding ceremony, giving a description of the meaning of each fold followed by the ORCA Singers singing “God Bless America.”

The Spence Brothers performed another set before event participants moved outside for a prayer, a gun salute and the performing of “Taps” on the bugle.

Ceremonies came to a close with the lighting of candles. As each person left, they were presented a bouquet of fresh flowers.