9/11 Memorial in West Plains, Mo. - 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Photos by: Steven W. Looney

To commemorate the ten year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, West Plains civic leaders, area fire fighters, national guard, first responder/EMT's, AMVETS motorcycle club, schools, churches, volunteer organizations and physical fitness clubs joined together to honor those who perished that day. While walkers carried names of the fallen from the West Plains water park to the civic center/senior citizens center parking lot, motorcyclists made a run to Willow Springs, through to Mountain View and then returned to West Plains. The inch and a half thick, three foot long, three hundred pound piece of I-beam steel that came from the World Trade Center became the center of attention, while there was prayer and moments of silence. Rows of heavy tractor tires were flipped, to show the struggle and effort endured, as names were read of each of the people who lost their lives that day. Bag pipes and a salute to the American flag, along with the playing of łTaps,˛ closed the program.