By M. Scott Morris
TUPELO – Heroes and victims of the war on terror were honored during a dedication ceremony at Oren Dunn City Museum on Wednesday.
“The 9/11 generation has earned its place beside the greatest generations of our country,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Chesnut, a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.
He spoke during the dedication of a flag and flagpole that were donated by Woodmen of the World Chapter No. 130.
An honor guard raised the flag to the top of the pole, then lowered it to half-mast, as a lone trumpeter played “Taps.”
A plaque reads, “In Honor and Remembrance of the Heroes and Victims in the Fight Against Terrorism and to Celebrate the Enduring Spirit of All Americans.”
Chesnut praised the country’s military men and women and their families, as well as police, firefighters and other first responders who’ve put their lives on the line to keep others safe.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., American forces have conducted operations in approximately 100 countries. Chesnut said the fight against Islamic extremists must continue.
“Let’s all be vigilant and not forget those who gave their lives on 9/11,” he said, “and those who gave their lives after 9/11 in the 12 years of the war on terror.”
Steve Caygle, a trustee with Woodman of the World, said the organization has donated some 5,000 flagpoles and 2 million flags since 2001.