BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Nineteen years ago today, the deadliest terrorist attack in world history took place. Almost 3,000 people died in what we have come to know as simple September 11th.
There were commemorations all over the country and also on foreign soil. Among the honors – at least two ceremonies in Bakersfield.
Of course, we pay attention to gloomy commemorations that end with five and zero. Ten years, 75 years. The fact that we remember the events of September 11, 2001 – 19 years ago – speaks for the staying power of that day, its enduring relevance, its ongoing urgency, even at a time that has its own challenges, its own numbers Represents fatalities. his own urgent need for unity.
America remembers the events of September 11th not only because of immediate and subsequent death, but also because it was a reflection of our best selves.
There were memories across America on Friday, including an early morning event in downtown Bakersfield at the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery on the 20th and Eye – a heroic appeal for the 27 fallen members of Kern County from the War on Terror, that 9/11 ignited.
“We have to remember and never forget – and we have to take care of the Gold Star families in our community,” said organizer Jason Geis.
And at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Truxtun, a steady stream of motorcyclists deliver red carnations from the Harley Davidson dealer in Bakersfield to the memorial of the war dead in Kern County – including these 27 men.
“Today is a day of remembrance,” said Ben Patten, manager of Harley Davidson, Bakersfield. “Today is a day to ponder what happened and the 3,000 people we lost – and the thousands of young men and women who have stood up since that day to answer the call. And some of these young men and women were not even born when this happened. “
Some who understandably and forgivably mispronounce the fallen on that day each year, saying that they are “celebrating” September 11th. You don’t speak wrong. This day honors two distinctive American traits – courage and selflessness – traits that we definitely need to keep celebrating, whether or not the anniversary ends in a zero.
The public is invited to view the portrait of a warrior gallery on the 20th and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.