DeSOTO — Every year, Tim Hendrix and his wife Angela take a moment to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001. This year, they attended a 9/11 memorial service at Hampton Road Baptist Church in DeSoto.
"There are events in our lives that will always be in our memory, and this is one of those for me," Tim Hendrix said.
More than 100 people — including firefighters and police officers — took part in the service. Ten cities from southern Dallas County and northern Ellis County provided trucks, squad cars and personnel for a procession to the church.
For Tim Hendrix, 9/11 still has a grip on his heart. The images of the officers and the firefighters entering the Twin Towers bring him to tears. He also can't help think about his own father and brother; both are firefighters.
"It's just a sense of pride for what they do and for all of those who were going in as everyone was coming out," Hendrix said.
It's that pride and patriotism the couple wants to teach their children, Abigail and Hannah. Both were younger than five years old when the terrorists attacked.
"It's good to see the perspective from an older person. I think it's a really a good thing," Hannah said. "You can learn more about it."
Both girls are grateful their parents have shared their 9/11 memories.
"I think a lot of people don't know the backstory, and as kids, we underestimate history," Abigail said.
For Tim Hendrix and his wife, the lesson of a nation's strength is what they want their daughters to take away from the tragic events of 11 years ago.
"We have a strong sense of resiliency," he said. "And a strong sense of never giving up."