City commemorates anniversary of tragedy

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

A reflective mood fell over the crowd as members of the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard raised the American flag at a Sept. 11 memorial service Tuesday morning in the Portales National Bank parking lot.

“Time reduces pain, anger and outrage,” said David Stone, president of Portales National Bank.

In his speech commemorating the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Stone spoke of remaining strong and dedicated to the United States.

“Remember to never, never forget. Remember to never forget and allow our nation to become vulnerable again,” Stone said.
Portales Fire Department chief John Bridges read a timeline of events that took place on that fateful day six years ago.

“Today we stand honoring those who lost their lives,” Bridges said.

Bridges went on to speak of those men and women who are involved in the emergency services who responded to the terrorists attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., and continue to respond every day to help others. He also reflected on members of the military that answered the call of duty to protect the nation.

“Our nation and our people will never give in. We will always remember,” Bridges said.

Having served in the military and served a tour of duty in the aftermath of the terrorists attacks, the anniversary is emotional for Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Hooker hoped people took time Tuesday to consider how the event changed their lives.

“I won’t say that time heals all wounds, but as time goes by it does,” Hooker said.

As the memorial service drew to a close, Masterworks performed God Bless America and Amazing Grace.

“For me it’s a great honor to even be asked to participate in something like this. The sacrifices made and lives lost it’s hard to put into words what it means,” said Steve Collins, member of Masterworks.

In closing, Stone thanked all those for participating in the memorial service and those that have and continue to fight for our country and freedom.

“You know, we are the luckiest people to live in America, and why people hate us, I sure don’t know,” Stone said.