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Remembering 9/11 On The South Plains

On the South Plains, many continue to remember this day as one that changed our country. Many are paying their respects to the nearly 3,000 killed on 9/11 by visiting the American Tribute display at Kastman Park.  

One thousand flags are flying, as a tribute to those who lost their lives in 9/11 and honor our first responders. Six years has passed and many tell us the flags are a reminder of what was lost that faithful day and how it changed our county.

Standing near one of the American flags in Kastman Park, Becky Webster poses with 3-year-old Michael and 3-month-old Kylie. The picture is for daddy, an Army Combat Engineer Specialist.

"Bring him (Michael) out here to show him why these flags are here and get a picture to send to his dad. His daddy's in Iraq," said Webster.

 Webster says the flags are also a reminder of why her husband is not at home.

"Just seeing all just shows why he's there," Webster added.

For Laurie Gambino the flying of America's colors takes her back to the Twin Towers.

"My brother was a firefighter in New York. He was a member of Rescue 3. He died that day," Gambino said.

Gambino is originally from Long Island and typically at Ground Zero on this day. She says seeing Lubbock's tribute helps ease the pain. 

"Just makes me happy to see others remember this day so I know that my brother and all the other have not been forgotten," Gambino added.

But among this observance is a celebration.

"We're celebrating what?" asks Tonda Kirk. "My birthday" responds her son Joseph. 

Born on 9/11, Joseph is now 6 years old. His father died before he was born, making this day both a solemn and joyous occasion.

"We're sad for those who lost loved ones. But to us he's a part of his father that was given back to us on that day. So it's a happy day for us," said Tonda.

The flags will remain on display until Wednesday, if you still want to visit the tribute. Kastman Park is located off South Loop 289 and Nashville.

After Wednesday, the flags will be available for purchase at any branch of American State Bank. The proceeds will benefit the ASB Nursing Scholarship Endowment fund.

Lubbock Firefighters Look Back On 9/11
First responders from New York to Lubbock are people who put their lives on the line everyday to save lives. NewsChannel 11's Justin Michaels spent time with some on 9/11/07 to hear if and how life has changed in the past six years.

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