At the conclusion of a September 11 observance Patten Chapel, those attending walked into the courtyard where their eyes scanned thousands of flags planted to commemorate the lives lost five years ago. The name of each person had been read inside Patten Chapel, and a noon observance featured Tom Griscom, Publisher and Executive Editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, who presented “9/11, Five Years Later.” Read the text of Griscom’s presentation.
Chattanooga’s first responders were invited to attend the event. Chancellor Roger Brown he felt the most striking images of September 11 were of the firefighters, the police officers, and the emergency responders who did their jobs in the face of unbelievable chaos and danger.
“These men and women risked and lost their lives to help their fellow citizens. I recall the image of firefighters and rescue workers carrying out an injured colleague, covered in ash and dust. I recall the image of another rescue worker with a woman cradled in his arms,” Brown said. “On that day, heroes were born and died. On this day, we remember and acknowledge them. When we are in need, the men and women who are our first responders are there to offer strength, comfort, and hope.”
Brown added that the mission to bring peace to the world now finds men and women in all branches of the armed forces in harm’s way. “We salute them and their families for the sacrifices they make each and every day, and we pray for the day they can return safely to us,” Brown said.
September 15, 2006