Area remembers 9/11
A table set for two people sat in front of Bell Hall at the Fort Leavenworth military base Wednesday, Sept. 11 during a Patriot's Day ceremony.
Yet, no one sits at the table and no one ever will.
The table was placed at the Wednesday morning ceremony in honor of fallen soldiers, police, firefighters and victims from events related to the terrorists attacks last Sept. 11.
The table symbolizes both "the frailty of the soldier and the civilian," said Brigadier Gen. Tim Lipsey during his keynote address.
"Remember all of you who served with them and all of you who knew them," Lipsey said.
Lipsey also spoke of the tales of bravery, generosity and heroism of the people who died in the attacks or fought to save the lives of others.
"Their eyes and faces told the stories of what they were going through," the general said.
"The images remain the same. Americans take care of Americans."
In the table's background flew an American flag that had previously flown above the Pentagon and flags from the countries of United States allies.
The Pentagon sent American flags that flew over the building to any U.S. military installation that requested one for Sept. 11, Fort Leavenworth officials said.
Cannons were fired at 7:46, 8:03, 8:37 and shortly after 9 a.m. coinciding with the attack times in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania a year ago.
Command Chaplain Col. Paul Vicalvi's speech preceded Lipsey's.
In his prayer, Vicalvi asked that Americans never forget the "apparent and deliberate acts of evil," but that God "lift us behind our need for revenge."
Remembrance services also took place in front of the Leavenworth County Justice Center Wednesday morning.
During the service, Leavenworth County Commission members Joe Daniels and Bob Adams spoke before a crowd huddled in front of the building.
"We feel violated and numbed by this tragedy, but we know we are a strong nation, united in our resolve to keep our citizens safe and free," Daniels said.