Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a day which saw the worst terrorist attacks on American soil unfold.
Here in Kilgore and throughout East Texas, locals are taking time to pause and remember the terrible events of that day and the heroism and bravery shown by ordinary Americans in the midst of the attacks, the rescue and recovery efforts immediately following them and the years of war which came after them.
In Kilgore, an “Honor the Fallen” event will be held at the Kilgore Veterans Memorial at Harris Street Park at 9 a.m. The event will include prayer and remembrances of those who lost their lives in the attacks.
Also in Kilgore, there will be a patriotic acoustic jam at Kilgore Mercantile & Music at 105 N Kilgore St. from 4 to 9 p.m.
The Overton Fire Department will be hosting a memorial walk on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. at city hall. This will be to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and to memorialize the recent 13 fallen soldiers in Afghanistan.
The walk will start at city hall and go through downtown, making up exactly two miles for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The walk is open to anybody, not just first responders. First responders are welcome to wear their gear.