GRAPEVINE North Texans are taking time out to remember the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Grapevine planned a full day of events. It started early Sunday morning with a flag-lowering and memorial program, followed by a 10k and 5k race at Meadowmeare Park.
At the city's 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Plaza Sunday morning, Allied Pilots Association First Officer Scott Shankland spoke about the days that followed the tragic events in which four aircraft from two airlines were hijacked by terrorists and turned into weapons.
American flags flew from every home, every business. Ribbons adorned trees and lapels. Crowds attended memorials and rallies and patriotism was at an all-time high. Yet over the last few years, the flags, the ribbons and the crowds have been largely gone, Shankland said. This anniversary has been different, and the memory of what was lost that tragic day has been revived.
A special highlight of the memorial is the United States Honor Flag. It flew over the rubble at ground zero, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and most recently was aboard the final flight of the space shuttle Atlantis.