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Texoma Remembers Those Killed In 9/11 Attack


DURANT, OK- Almost 15 years after the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S., people across the country and here in Texoma are taking time out to remember. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured after terrorists hijacked 4 planes. Crashing 2 into the twin towers and one into the pentagon. Another went down in a field in Pennsylvania.

This morning both sides of the Red River joined together remembering the lives lost on that day and thanking our local first responders. Some say  that day changed our Nation forever.

It's a day all Americans will remember and Friday people across Texoma spent time reflecting on all that took place back on September 11, 2001. With heads bowed, hands over hearts and the singing of the National Anthem, more than 100 people gathered in Durant to remember those killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.

"We just always try to remember the victims and the heroes of that day. I get choked up a little bit when I think about this," said Pat Metheny.

After 15 years images from that day are still haunting.

"I still envision the people jumping from those buildings and I go back and think of the stories of survivors that I've heard," said Metheny.

The day was also about thanking fellow men and women in uniform. For Durant Master Patrol Officer Scott Phelps, the 9/11 attack is what inspired him to become a servant in blue.

"My heart knew I was going into law enforcement. My brain probably wasn't matching up but my heart said you need to serve and that's what I did," said Phelps.

Those in Texas united together as well to reflect. As the flag was raised, it's beauty and meaning was recognized.

"Our flag is symbolic of our history, and of why we're able to stand and express our opinions and why we enjoy the freedoms that we enjoy," said Sherman Police Chief Otis Henry.

As the years go by and as more generations learn of that terrible day, the reason behind it is to never forget.

"Continue to remember those tragic events. Continue to pray for those families that were affected," said Metheny.

On Sunday the Sherman Elks Lodge will be having a remembrance program starting at 9.