MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/11/13) – During his 9/11 memorial service address, Hopkins County Judge Executive Donnie Carroll said that it's hard to believe that 12 years have passed since the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001. But the terror and destruction still tears at the heart of America, he said.
 
"Our citizens have demonstrated the strength, inherent, in each of us," he said, "and have come together to make our country safer, better and stronger than ever."
 
Carroll was joined for the service by Madisonville Mayor David Jackson and representatives of the Madisonville Police and Madisonville Fire departments and a crowd of about 100 Wednesday, Sept. 11 on the sidewalk in front of the old Hopkins County courthouse.
 
"I would like to welcome you as we join in remembering that day and honoring those who perished in the terror attacks," Carroll said. "Also, the survivors, the first responders, the heroes, our (U.S.) Armed Forces, our nation's fallen heroes and all the women and men, who continue to serve and protect every day at home and abroad."
 
Hopkins County Sheriff Deputy Jeremy Crick and Detective Scott Troutman presented the colors while Sheriff Frank Latham led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Jackson read a city proclamation and Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams and Fire Chief Steve Stoltz placed a red, white and blue wreath beneath the American Flag below the courthouse steps.
 
Jackson led the crowd in singing, "God Bless America."
 
Carroll closed the ceremony with a benediction.
 
The ceremony is held annually to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked airliners and used them to crash into the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third jet was taken over by its passengers and forced to crash in a field in Pennsylvania. That plane was believed to be headed toward the White House.
 
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News

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