'Remember the sacrifices that were made' Amarillo reflects on 9/11

Texas Panhandle War Memorial 9/11 remembrance ceremony (ABC 7 Amarillo)

Honor guards and community members joined together Monday morning at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial for the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Local police agencies, fire and first responders joined in prayer as the Amarillo Firefighters Pipes and Drums performed the bag pipes.

Mayor Ginger Nelson was the keynote speaker and told ABC 7 News, the memories of that day are very vivid for those who lived through it.

"I was actually at the Pavilion Hospital serving as an ad litem for a mental health hearing that morning with Judge Arthur Ware," Mayor Nelson said of when she heard the news of the attacks. "It's so important to take time to remember the sacrifices that were made, and to also to make an intentional effort to talk about forgiveness and hope. We as a nation lead out on those two characteristics," she pointed out.

Jason Love, Amarillo Fire Department, said he was inspired to become a firefighter after experiencing the efforts of the first responders at Ground Zero.

"I always knew that I wanted to do something in the service industry, as far as health care. I didn't know what, but 9/11 was definitely a precipitating factor in that," Love explained.

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