Paying Tribute

On September 11, 2011 a monument to those who lost their lives 10 years earlier as a result of the 09/11 terror attacks was erected on the Clinton Square.  The monument lists the names of those that were lost and it is a tribute to the first responders who keep all of us safe.

Yesterday I was honored, and humbled, to be a part of a ceremony reinforcing that we will “never forget”.  The monument on the square consists of a granite stone with the names of each person who was lost that day and a piece of twisted steel from the World Trade Center.  The ceremony consisted of a wreath placement and the playing of Taps. 

At approximately 7:48 am local time, which marked the time the first jet crashed into the World Trade Center eleven years ago, two local Boy Scouts led us in a heartfelt tribute.  The Boy Scouts are Jake and Logan Houk, sons of local Firefighter and First Responder Jim Houk. 

Although the events of September 11, 2001 were tragic and we will forever mourn our loss, it was inspiring to see two youth, who are too young to have first hand memory of the event, pay tribute and lead the ceremony.

It is because of youth like Jake and Logan that we have hope for our future and we can rest assured that the United States will continue to be the greatest nation on earth.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday’s ceremony.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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