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A day of remembrance

9/11 anniversary celebrates victory over fear=

Leavenworth County Commissioner Clyde Graeber and Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner pay their respects after participating in the laying of wreaths during Sunday’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Leavenworth. Seated at left is U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

Leavenworth County Commissioner Clyde Graeber and Leavenworth County Sheriff Dave Zoellner pay their respects after participating in the laying of wreaths during Sunday’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Leavenworth. Seated at left is U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

September 13, 2011

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, then a U.S. representative, visited ground zero.

He visited a makeshift memorial people had made near the World Trade Center rubble and remembered a message written on a piece of notebook paper. The note was from a daughter to her father.

“Dear Daddy – How much I miss you,” Moran recited. “I hope heaven is a wonderful place. I hope I live a life good enough to join you there someday — Amanda, age 12.”

Moran was one of three speakers who addressed a crowd Sunday afternoon at VFW Park in Leavenworth as part of that city’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

Moran also recalled being in his office near the Pentagon and feeling the building shake from the impact of Flight 77 hitting the building.

Citizens responded together to the attack and the military personnel fought for their country as a result of the attack.

“No one responded because they were Republicans or Democrats,” Moran said. “No soldiers fought because of partisan politics.”

Col. Wayne A. Green, garrison commander at Fort Leavenworth, also spoke, as did Leavenworth County Commissioner Clyde Graeber.

Graeber, who at the time of the attacks was secretary of the Kansas Department Health and Environment, said he and other state officials met with then-Gov. Bill Graves to discuss preparations for the state in the wake of the attack, including areas in the state that could be targets for future attacks. Graeber’s response: Fort Leavenworth.

Green, who represented the fort at the ceremony, said about 9/11: “Clear, cool fall skies were interrupted by jet streams of evil. Clear skies were replaced with a clear realization that America was under attack.”

About the country’s response, he said “fear is no match for selflessness of American people.”

Master of ceremonies for the ceremony was retired Lt. Col. Tom Meier, husband of state Rep. Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth. The Leavenworth High School Jr. ROTC presented the colors, while Paige Padgett sang the National Anthem. Chaplain Gary “Sam” Sanford gave the invocation and bugler Jim Timmons performed “Taps.” Several local officials participated in the laying of wreaths for the deceased at the park in downtown Leavenworth.

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