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Texomans pause to honor 9/11 victims

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Police and firefighters attend a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Sherman. (KTEN) Police and firefighters attend a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Sherman. (KTEN)
A ceremony at the Chickasaw Community Center in Tishomingo marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. (KTEN) A ceremony at the Chickasaw Community Center in Tishomingo marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. (KTEN)
A new U.S. flag was raised on a new flagpole at the Durant Regional Emergency Operations Center on September 11, 2018. (KTEN) A new U.S. flag was raised on a new flagpole at the Durant Regional Emergency Operations Center on September 11, 2018. (KTEN)

The 17th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks in New York Washington and Pennsylvania was marked by solemn ceremonies across Texoma on Tuesday.

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In Sherman, an honor guard from the fire and police departments carried out a flag ceremony, and the Sherman Police Regional Pipe Band performed.

"It's a sad day, but we don't want to forget," said Sherman resident Pam Howeth. "I'm afraid our country is forgetting too quickly. It's going by, and everyone is forgetting the sacrifice that these people made and that they're still making. There's people dying, and it's a result of people running into the building, and we forget about that."

It's the was eighth year that Landmark Bank has held this ceremony to honor those lost in the attacks, and to honor those who continue to risk their lives daily to ensure our safety.

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In Tishomingo, residents gathered at the Chickasaw Community Center for a 9/11 memorial.

Guest speakers included a retired Navy admiral and Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall. McCall said first responders deserve more gratitude for their sacrifices.

"They're not in it for the pay. They're in it for the love of the community and love for others, and that's truly a great gauge of the heart and condition of our community and our state," he said.

Several agencies were represented at the ceremony, including the Tishomingo fire and police departments and the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

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The Durant Regional Emergency Operations Center dedicated a new flagpole on the 17th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Hands on hearts, a crowd of first responders watched a color guard march in with a new flag.

"It's one way that I can express my patriotism and my love for America and really what it stands for," said WoodmenLife spokesman Hudson Toews, whose organization donated the flag and flagpole.  "I love to be a part of that, and be able to initiate that, and make that happen."

KTEN reporters Carley Banks in Sherman, Colton Thompson in Tishomingo and Chris Stum in Durant contributed to this report.

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