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DeKalb remembers 9/11
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The Smithville Fire Department Drill Team posted the colors at the Woodmen of the Worlds 9/11 program at DCHS Monday. Shown from left are Danny Poss, John Poss, Jeff Wright, Kevin Adcock and Randall Hunt. - photo by Photo by: Reed Vanderpool
The local Woodmen of the World chapter hosted the 11th annual Honor and Remembrance day program in honor of the rescue workers who died at the scene of the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as our local firefighters and rescue workers Monday in the DCHS gymnasium.The event featured the posting of the colors by the Smithville Fire Department Drill Team, and a welcome from DCHS Principal Patrick Cripps and local Woodmen of the World President Wanda Poss.“There are those who are not here with us,” Poss said. “It is our desire to honor their lives and their service.”The invocation was given by Assistant Principal David Gash, and Victoria Vincent performed the National Anthem.Woodmen representative Regina Wilhite and Woodmen Area Manager Travis Lowe presented a salute to our local heroes.“These ceremonies pay tribute to the men and women in our community who risk their lives daily to keep us safe,” Wilhite told the assembly “Our police, our firefighters, our emergency personnel and other first responders deserve our thanks and our admiration.”The DCHS Class of 2013 was joined by Woodmen Fraternal Coordinator Rochelle Cordova, Lowe and U.S. Army Corporal Walt Johnson, also a member of the Woodmen for a Freedom Flashlights display, in which a flag was passed over the senior class in remembrance of our fallen heroes.All firefighters, rescue workers and members of the military both past and present were recognized, and presented with a gift as a token of appreciation.“I want to challenge you, whenever you see one of these people somewhere, go up to them and give them your thanks for keeping you safe,” Cordova said.