More than 200 area residents recently joined Owens Community College in paying tribute to those victims and heroes that lost their lives in the Sept. 11 tragedy during a Sept. 11 Memorial Flag Service presented by the School of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Center for Emergency Preparedness.
“I am certain that we can all remember in vivid detail where we were as we watched or listened to the events unfolding on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Michael Cornell, Owens Director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness. “Our country suffered a terrible blow. However, since that time we have proven to the world that we are not and cannot be defeated. As we reflect on Sept. 11, let us always remember and never forget, but let us also use this as a time to renew and rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of the traits and attitudes that make our country great and the strengthening of the true American spirit.”
Events that took place during the Sept. 11 Memorial Flag Service events were a flag raising ceremony by the Toledo Police Department Honor Guard and the Owens Basic Peace Officer Training Academies and a moment of silence in conjunction with a flyover at approximately 8:46 a.m. by the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center Life Flight.
Additionally, a Flag of Honor bearing the names of all those who perished as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was presented and placed within the Center for Emergency Preparedness for permanent display by emergency services representatives to conclude the ceremony.