Events Remember 9/11, Honor Service Members

Sep 11, 2018


The Freedom Memorial 'Standing Tall' at St. Patrick's County Park in South Bend following a memorial service on September 11, 2018.
Credit Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

Across the country this morning people are pausing to remember a morning 17 years ago when four high-jacked planes crashed in New York City, at the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania.

A ceremony in St. Patrick’s park this morning sought to remember the one person from South Bend, Katie McCloskey, who died at the World Trade Center in 2001.

It was also a remembrance and appreciation for first responders and military service members.

Bill Thompson is the Assistant Chief of the St. Joseph County Police Department.

“A question that gets asked a lot of public safety folks is why do we do the things that we do? Why would we, why would anybody, go into a burning building when everyone else is running out of it? Why would anyone crawl into a wrecked car when everyone else is trying to crawl out of it? Why would anyone run toward the sound of gunfire? And the answer is a really simple one, they say ‘well, I wanna help.’”

There are more events this afternoon and evening around the area.