9-11 Victims Remembered
Tuesday, September 11th 2007, 10:55 am
News On 6
A Tulsa church hosted a ceremony Tuesday morning to remember 9/11. It started at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the twin towers in New York City. News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims reports Trinity Episcopal Church at 5th and Cincinnati has met on this day at the same time for the last six years. The first service, 6 years ago, drew more than a thousand people and the church had to turn hundreds away. Tuesday, only a few dozen people gathered to remember.
Tuesday morning's ceremony struck a somber note, remembering the thousands who died six years ago. The interfaith ceremony was a mixture of prayer, song, and thoughtful reflection on the day that changed so many lives. State Senator Andrew Rice, who lost his older brother in the attacks, spoke to the congregation about forgiveness.
Many were pleased with the service, but disappointed by the turnout.
"I think it's pretty evident by the crowd here today. Last year, you could barely get in the door," said Bill Baldwin.
"The attendance has gotten smaller every year. And on one level you say that's disappointing. But at another level, that's ok too. Because we're praying for the city of Tulsa and the country and human kind," said Trinity Episcopal's Reverend Stephen McKee.
Reverend McKee says despite the turnout on Tuesday, the church plans to keep hosting the 9-11 service every year.
In Claremore, junior ROTC members at Claremore High School paid special tribute. They observed a moment of silence, then raised the flag and brought it to half-staff.
Watch the video: Church Remembers September 11