Fannin County hosts Patriot's Day ceremony

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(BONHAM, TEXAS) -- Fannin County residents filled the courthouse lawn this morning to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders.

Dozens of people gathered Wednesday morning in Fannin County to remember the American lives lost on September 11th, 2001.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd told Alexandra Carter he thinks it's important to remember the innocent lives that were cut short and the first responders who gave their lives to save others.

Floyd says this Patriot's Day, we can also show appreciation to local first responders.

Roy Floyd says, " it's a wonderful opportunity to say thank you for all that they do."

Louis Holmes served in the Korean war and says he's honored to pay his respects, " We remember and honor our first responders. They are the ones who sacrifice their lives..they get up early in the morning ..Or they work late into the night..they are the first to rush in while others rush out."

Veterans from the Bonham V.A along with DPS troopers, the Bonham Fire and Police Departments, and the Fannin County Sheriff's Department attended the event.

Mayor Floyd and Judge Spanky Carter presented certificates of appreciation to fire Chief Brad Nichols, Sheriff Donnie Foster and Police Captain Tim Lavergne.

Nichols says 9/11 is a reminder of the risks first responders take everyday across our country, " 343 firefighters lost their lives..and it just reminds us the job we're doing is not always safe, there's danger involved and it reminds us to keep safe and make sure we go home to our families."