Green Country Family To Honor Son Who Perished On 9/11

Friday, September 9th 2011, 4:53 pm
By: News On 6

Emily Baucum, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- In Arlington, Virginia, the U.S. Navy is honoring Chief Petty Officer Brian Moss, a Green Country native who died at the Pentagon during the attacks ten years ago.

Generations of Navy recruits will always remember the life of one of Oklahoma's Own.

"I know where he was in that building. And I know he was one of the first ones impacted," said Patsy Moss, Brian's mother.

Ten years later, the images are still painful to watch. And 34-year-old Brian Moss' pictures are frozen in time.

"It doesn't seem like it's been ten years. Doesn't seem like it's been that long since I've talked to him," said Brian's sister Angie Moss.

"Then you realize it has been ten years, and then you get to thinking gosh, it's been so long since I've seen him," Patsy said.

Moss worked in telecommunications at the Pentagon, but before that, he trained recruits in the color guard.

Some of them served as pallbearers at his funeral.

"One told me he was glad he wasn't in the lead of the casket bearers, because all I had to do was follow. He says it's hard to see when your eyes are full of tears," said Billy Moss, Brian's father.

Brian Moss will once again return to the job he loved. On the tenth anniversary of 9/11 -- and with Brian's sisters in attendance -- the Navy will dedicate its training center in Arlington in his name.

"It's going to be the Brian A. Moss Ceremonial Guard Training Center," said, Brian's sister, Angie moss.

"It's a real honor and it's an honor to his memory. It's an honor to our family, too," Billy Moss said.

The Moss family learned from a letter every recruit will be expected to learn not only how Brian died -- but how he lived.

"She was proud to say she and all the others memorized and knew all about Brian's life," Patsy said.

A life spent serving his country to the very end, along with so many others.

"They were our first line of defense, actually. They went up there first," Angie said.

There's also a spot here in Green Country honoring Brian Moss. The flagpole at Sperry City Hall is dedicated to his memory.

The family's also hosting a golf tournament Saturday at Cedar Crest Golf Course in Skiatook. All the money raised will go to a scholarship fund for Sperry students.