INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Saturday marked 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Hoosiers and other Americans honored the lives lost on that terrible day.
On September 11, almost 3,000 people perished. Nine of those lives lost were Hoosiers: Gary Bright, Katie McCloskey, Stacey Peak and Karen Juday all perished in New York. Lt. Gen. Timothy Maude, Col Canfield Boone, Maj. Stephen Long, Brenda Gibson and Eddie Dillard were killed at the Pentagon.
“Today, we come together to fulfill that promise that we all made to one another to never forget. Today is the story of September 11,” said the Maude’s widow, Teri Maude, during a Saturday ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.
At the memorial, Hoosiers rededicated the state’s 9/11 Memorial on Ohio Street near the state government buildings. The memorial was created 10 years ago with steel beams from the World Trade Center. Behind the beams, granite monuments detail the timeline of the events that happened on September 11. The memorial was also extended from its original location and now includes an 800-pound piece of limestone from the Pentagon.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, a Republican, said during the rededication, “Today, we remember our beloved fallen whose names are enshrined in this memorial and memorials across the country.”
Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb also attended the event. “Two decades later, we still bow and we still pray and we still honor those that we lost.”
During the rededication, Pence also says Hoosiers will never forget them. “The loss you suffered that day and that you suffer still you do not bear alone. Today, a chorus of millions of Americans are praying for you and your family and we are with you.”
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