Many gather at Great Lawn for Sept. 11 ceremony


by Johnny Archer

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 12 at 8:59 PM

(WHAS11) -- On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the nation is taking time to remember the lives lost.

Service men and women make way onto the Great Lawn in Louisville in front of a crowd of patriots. Behind the service men and women is a steel beam from one of the World Trade towers that came down in New York City Sept. 11.

It’s been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks. It’s a wound that seems very fresh in the minds of many. But with great anguish comes a sense of pride and unity among a nation that is still recovering from that tragic day in 2001.

“Nobody really knew what was coming and then the Washington thing happened,” Dr. Neal Richmond said.

Richmond was in New York City that day. He remembers the confusion and fear in the city as it was attacked, an emotion that lingered in New Yorkers for a very long time; and leaving a nation and the world in disbelief.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “You never expect anything like that to happen on American soil.”

“It was just a day that I hope will never happen again. It was just an awful day. I hope it never happens again,” Mike Mosley from Louisville said.

But never forgotten.

Kambria Littrell, 14, of Henry County was only 4-years-old at the time, but the images she has seen are ingrained in her head today.

“It was a really scary day and I hope it never happens again, at all,” Littrell said.

For Richmond, who is now Louisville’s Metro EMS director, hopes that through the bad can come some good.

“I’d like to think this is a slow but dedicated beginning to rethinking with the way we deal with preparedness but with the way we deal with each other and our friends around the world,” Richmond said.

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