Remembering 9/11

Members of the Goshen Honor Guard Randy Kantner and David Pena present the flag that was hung on the new flagpole at Waterford Crossing Thursday. The service commemorated the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

On a fitting day, the seventh anniversary of 9/11, a new flagpole was erected and a U.S. flag raised Thursday on the campus of Waterford Crossing.

The event was part of the annual “Hero’s Day” Cookout at The Maples, held for emergency workers in the area.

Gina Grimes, executive director of The Maples, said that residents from both Waterford Crossing and The Maples requested a flag be put up, and having it done in time for the Hero’s Day event provided perfect timing.

“We wanted to have the ceremony on Sept. 11 to honor the heroes here in Goshen,” Grimes said.

Grimes said that this is the second year that the cookout has taken place, with food provided to officers from all three shifts throughout the day.

The 15-minute ceremony centered on the flag and its importance to Americans. Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman spoke to the audience on the importance of the flag in the wake of 9/11, stating it is an “event that everyone remembers where they were.”

Kauffman told the audience that they should take this time to remember and recognize firefighters and police officers for the work they do.

“Most people run from danger, they run toward it,” Kauffman said.

Along with the flag raised to half-staff, fourth-graders from nearby Prairie View Elementary School sang the National Anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer of dedication by Indiana State Police senior chaplain Rev. Don Sheline.

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