Bixby remembers 9/11 WTC attack

The Daughters of the American Revolution presented a Patriot Day program on September 11 at Washington Irving Park in Bixby at the sight of Bixby’s World Trade Center Memorial.

The memorial has a steel beam from the wreckage of the Twin Towers in New York which were destroyed by an attack on September 11, 2001. The Wealaka Chapter of DAR sponsor this program of remembrance each year at 9 a.m. on September 11.

“Bixby’s World Trade Center Memorial was surrounded with a solemn audience of citizens and community service personnel who paid respect for the fallen and shared in moment of uniting patriotism,” said Carolyn Thornton, DAR program chairman.

The program included an invocation, a procession of bell ringers around the monument, followed by Taps played by a high school band member. The Bixby Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard presented the colors with the audience responding with the Pledge to the Flag, the singing of the National Anthem and the reciting of the Americans’ Creed and the salute to the Oklahoma flag. The colors were then retired.

Speeches were given by two Southwest Airline employees, Jeff Odell and Bob Johnson, telling of their experiences on September 11, 2001, and how their lives and occupations have been changed because of the terrorist attack on that day. The ceremony was concluded with the singing of God Bless America with the audience waving the small flags that were given to them by the members of the DAR group.