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.