Northwest Louisiana remembers 9-11

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –At 8:59 Central time on September 11th, the minute the first of the twin towers fell, Shreveport firefighters stood tall in front of their stations to remember the 343 fire fighters who lost their lives that day.

"It was an attack on U.S. Soil, and it took our brothers and sisters in uniform, citizens. It brought the country together, and their memory needs to be carried on," said Shreveport Fire Captain Skip Pinkston.

Northwest Louisiana commemorated the anniversary of 9/11 by holding several memorial events that honored the memory of the fallen victims of that most tragic days and worst attacks in US history.

At Galilee Baptist Church, middle school cheerleaders who are too young to remember the events themselves, also showed their way of honoring the victims and their families through a cheer.

In Bossier City, the City held it's annual memorial ceremony. City officials spoke of what happened in New York, at the Pentagon, and right here in Northwest Louisiana. Bossier City Marshal, Johnny Wyatt, remembers getting a tap on the shoulder as he tried to make sense of the chaos. That's when he found out President Bush was coming to Bossier City, Louisiana.

"It was the safest base in the world for the President to come to," said Wyatt.

Because Barksdale Air Force Base is known for its power and security, it also raised some concerns that someday Bossier City could become a target. Wyatt says while September 11th changed the entire country, it changed Bossier Parish security in a measurable way.

"We've changed how we train, how we're equipped, what we respond to, how we respond. Now we have a Homeland Security Division and the Office of Emergency Preparedness does a great job," said Wyatt.

For Wyatt, September 11th isn't just about remembering the past. It's also about preparing for the future, although he hopes he never has to put those plans into action.

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