Tupelo observes Sept. 11 anniversary

Adam Robison | Daily Journal Tupelo Firefighter and Honor Guard member David Lee raises the American Flag to half Staff at Tupelo Fire Station #1 during the 9/11 memorial service held at the station.

Adam Robison | Daily Journal
Tupelo Firefighter and Honor Guard member David Lee raises the American Flag to half Staff at Tupelo Fire Station #1 during the 9/11 memorial service held at the station.

By Riley Manning

Daily Journal

The city of Tupelo held a memorial 9/11 service this morning at Fire Station No. 1 located on West Jefferson street.

The short dedication honored fire fighters, police officers, and first responders for the risks they take each day to protect the community.

Mayor Jason Shelton spoke at the service, noting that citizens grow up in the U.S. with a full realization of the sacrifice soldiers are prepared to make, but it wasn’t until 9/11 that first responders were recognized to the same extent.

“It’s not just the military that protects our way of life,” he said. “It’s very humbling to have civilian personell willing to lay down their lives to protect their fellow Americans.”

After the American flag was lowered, Chaplin David Hamilton gave a prayer for the fallen patriots of 9/11, and concluded with a moment of silence.

Read more in Thursday’s Daily Journal.