TEXOMA -- 9/11/12 marked the 11-year anniversary of the fateful, unforgettable attacks on American soil. That day not only changed the course of history, but also changed the way Americans lived out everyday life. In Texoma, several events were held in commemoration of 9/11 and KXII First News AM featured special live segments throughout the morning surrounding these events.
Below is a list of just some of the ceremonies that honored the victims and heroes of that tragic day.
TEXOMA REMEMBERS 9/11: A PARTIAL LIST OF LOCAL EVENTS THAT HONORED 9/11
9/11 MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE
BY TEXOMA REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER AT THE SHERMAN FIRE DEPT. AT 318 SOUTH TRAVIS FROM 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
"64 pints of blood were collected," said Deedee Morehead
Director of Donor Resources at Texoma Regional Blood Center. "49 at the Sherman Fire Department and 15 at the Blood Center. We are grateful to those who came out today to help in saving lives as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. Because one pint of blood can save 3 lives, then 192 patients will benefit from today’s blood drive! That is a tremendous gift to our community!
A representative from an Austin College organization shared this message to KXII on Monday in regards to the Tuesday blood drive, "9/11 is a day we all remember and that saddens us. But what if instead of reliving those moments of terror, we honored this day by doing something positive for our communities. Here at Austin College, we have an organization called H.E.A.T. It was established to promote awareness and service in the Humanitarian, Animal and Environmental issues. Tomorrow we will visit the local Fire Department and show our appreciation."
9/11 FLAG-RAISING IN HONOR OF 9/11 VICTIMS
BY SHERMAN FIREFIGHTERS AT THE SHERMAN FIRE DEPT. ON 318 SOUTH TRAVIS AT 7:45A
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY FRONTSTRETCH 10:15A
WHAT: Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Contender Clint Bowyer Visits Fort Worth To Help Honor Local Heroes As Part Of 9/11 Remembrance
WHEN: TUESDAY - 10:15 a.m. CT
WHERE: Texas Motor Speedway's Frontstretch
Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer, made his fourth appearance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship format.
TX VETERAN RECEIVES MORTGAGE-FREE HOME
Who: Operation Homefront, Chase, and a local Texas Veteran.
What: Operation Homefront and Chase will be giving a mortgage-free home, during a key handover ceremony, to a veteran and his family from the Royse City, Texas area.
When: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Where: Royse City, Texas
Details: Operation Homefront has created the Homes on the Homefront program through a partnership with Chase
9/11 ASSEMBLY ON AMERICAN HEROISM AT WHITESBORO 12:15P
9/11 Assembly on American Heroism:
Principal Terry Stone informed KXII about a meeting around the flag pole on the front lawn of his Whitesboro school at 12:55 pm Tuesday. A soldier who was a former Whitesboro Bearcat was introduced as a hero who protects us on foreign soil. He raised the flag to half-mast and salute. Counselor led a discussion on the sacrifices of many Americans on 9/11/01 and everyday heroes on American soil. Mrs. Barker's 2nd grade assisted the soldier in saying the pledges and the Bearcat Creed.
9/11 MEMORIAL AT SHERWOOD SHORES CHAPEL
969 HILLCREST CIRCLE
GORDONVILLE, TX AT 7:00 P.M.
The community of Sherwood Shores held a 9/11 memorial Tuesday night at the Sherwood Shores Chapel along Hillcrest Circle at 7 pm. Texas State representative Larry Phillips was the keynote speaker.