Remembering 9/11 in Southern Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Southern Colorado came together Friday to remember the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. It was a unification of the military, younger generations and the story of a man who has made a unique tradition on 9/11 for 13 years.

“We’ve all been touched across Colorado by people who have sacrificed in the days following Sept. 11th to stand up for defense for this country,” said United States Senator representing Colorado, Cory Gardner.

The message on Friday was to not only remember, but pass it along for generations to come.

“We must remember the fallen as they were, as they would have wanted to be remembered, and that’s living in freedom, blessed by it, proud of it, and willing to die for it like so many others before them and like so many today,” said Deputy Chief Vincent Niski, representing all first responders during the 9/11 ceremony at Fort Carson.

Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs also held an event bringing in special guest Kathryn Yancey Laborie, a 1975 graduate of Mitchell High School and a flight attendant aboard U.S Flight 175, the second aircraft to crash into the United States World Trade Center.

Also, for the 13th year in a row waiving his American flag at the intersection of Academy and Galley in Colorado Springs was Criss Seal.

“I’m not for the war, I’m not against the war, but I am for the men and women that fight for our country to keep us free,” said Seal.

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