City of Amarillo Remembers 9/11, 15 Years Later


15 years after the United States was struck by tragedy, the City of Amarillo remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Many showed up this morning at the Amarillo City Hall to honor the nearly 3,000  firefighters, police, and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole says he remembers that fateful day vividly and it is a day we are not allowed to forget.

Harpole says, “We can’t afford to forget, we have no right to forget, its important that we understand this so our children and grandchildren will see that we are at risk. Now, the people who sacrificed their lives that day want us to live a normal life. That’s why they do the jobs they do, that’s why they sign up and take that oath as our first responders, running into places while we’re running out.”

Harpole says he has seen America come together as a whole, and especially on the High Plains since the tragic events on 9/11.

A lot of people we spoke with say when they heard about the first plane hitting the World Trade Center, they thought it was a tragic accident.
It wasn’t until the second plane flew into the South Tower that they knew America was under attack.

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