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9/11/03

Kastman Park Memorial: One of Nation's Most Spectacular

On Thursday morning, an estimated 3,000 people came out to remember lives lost and event organizers are calling it a huge success.

"This was a combined effort of a lot of people here in our city and area," says W.R. Collier, President of American State Bank.

Among the more than 3,000 flags, about the same number of people converged on Kastman Park to pay tribute on this the two year anniversary of the attacks. "It's good to remind people that we're still at war. And it's important for us not to forget what happened two years ago," says Lubbock State Representative Carl Isett.

"It reminds us of what happened. We should never forget," says one observer.

Voices of children from the LISD choir joined in song. The keynote speaker, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, praising the strength and bravery of our first responders. "We watched these men and women as they rushed into burning buildings."

"It makes us realize the true servants of the community. When tragedy strikes, they're the first ones to step up to the plate," says Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez.

Then, a flyover. Two helicopters dismissing the first responders, the crowd staying put as all first responders walked away, symbolizing moments when emergency crews rush into danger while civilians seek safety.

A fitting and awesome tribute. Supposedly one of the most spectacular in the nation.

The flags will be on display until Sunday.

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