VOLUME 2, ISSUE 18
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
PO Box 223, Willis VA 24380
Flag Retirement on a Day of Remembrance
by The Floyd Beacon Staff
The morning of September 11, 2001, was a day like any other. The weather from Washington DC, through Pennsylvania to New York City, was beautiful. People went to work, to shop, to school. People went about their day.
The morning of September 11, 2021, in Floyd County was a day like any other. The weather was beautiful. People went to work, to shop. Many people went out to the Floyd County Fair. It was also a day of solemn ceremony and remembrance.
In front of the Marcus H. Long Courthouse, in the middle of the town of Floyd, people gathered to remember and honor the 12 US Marines and 1 Navy Corpsman that was recently killed in Afghanistan. There was also a remembrance of the heroes and lives lost 20 years ago. The gathering of people this morning was blessed by a former member of the NYC Police Department visiting Floyd. He served at Ground Zero that day. Some people took a few moments to speak with him and thank him for his service to the nation. It was a beautiful time of sharing grief and showing respect. A non-political ceremony to remember and reflect on the anguish and pain suffered by the entire nation. No speeches by politicians, just prayers, stories, and some singing.
Over at the Floyd Livestock & County Fair, this year’s theme was “Celebrating Our Everyday Heroes.” In addition to the festivities of any county fair, there was a memorial service on the main stage. Then later in the day, there was a Flag Retirement ceremony.
The Flag Retirement Ceremony was initiated and lead by scouts from Scout Troop 36, assisted by Scout Troop 19. The VFW and American Legion provided The
Flag Retirement Ceremony was initiated and lead by scouts from Scout Troop 36, assisted by Scout Troop 19. The VFW and American Legion provided veterans to support and honor the retirement of the flags. The cotton flags were unfolded with respect, carefully cut, and placed on a fire. Scouts stood by that fire until each retired flag was reduced to ash. In all, they retired 125 flags. The flags that were made of materials unsafe to commit to the flames were respectfully prepared for the Stars for Troops recycling program. This program carefully cleans the union field of stars from a retired flag, then cuts out each star and prepares it to send to active duty military, veterans, and first responders as a reminder that their service is valued by others.
The scouts from Troop 36 were Gavin J, Ethan J, Jacob S, Elijah C, Ethan K, Jack F. The scouts from Troop 19 were Isabel B, Annika B., TC B., Morgan A.
As the solemn duties concluded, those who participated raised their heads to see that the world continues on its way, with reasons every day to mourn, laugh, and live.
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No Day Shall Erase You
“No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory of Time.” Book IX of The Aeneid
Final Report of the National
Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
We have come together with a unity of purpose because our nation demands it. September 11, 2001, was a day of unprecedented shock and suffering in the history of the United States. The nation was unprepared.
A NATION TRANSFORMED
At 8:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States became a nation transformed.
An airliner traveling at hundreds of miles per hour and carrying some 10,000 gallons of jet fuel plowed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. At 9:03, a second airliner hit the South Tower. Fire and smoke billowed upward. Steel, glass, ash, and bodies fell below. The Twin Towers, where up to 50,000 people worked each day, both collapsed less than 90 minutes later.
At 9:37 that same morning, a third airliner slammed into the western face of the Pentagon. At 10:03, a fourth airliner crashed in a field in southern Pennsylvania. It had been aimed at the United States Capitol or the White House and was forced down by heroic passengers armed with the knowledge that America was under attack.
More than 2,600 people died at the World Trade Center; 125 died at the Pentagon; 256 died on the four planes. The death toll surpassed that at Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
This immeasurable pain was inflicted by 19 young Arabs acting at the behest of Islamist extremists headquartered in distant Afghanistan. Some had been in the United States for more than a year, mixing with the rest of the population. Though four had training as pilots, most were not well-educated. Most spoke English poorly, some hardly at all. In groups of four or five, carrying with them only small knives, box cutters, and cans of Mace or pepper spray, they had hijacked the four planes and turned them into deadly guided missiles.
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