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Hundreds gather to salute 9/11

POSTED: September 14, 2011 11:07 a.m.

B.J. Clark, left, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Commander Col. Doug Cardinale, Spc. Matthew Bailey, Command Sgt. Major Jeff Moser, City Council member Tiffany Walraven, Mayor Judy Cook and City Council member Doug Kangeter stand Sunday during a song at the 9/11 memorial service. (Crissie Elrick)

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As the sun set Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, more than 300 North Bryan residents gathered at Pembroke Christian Church to honor those who died and gave their service during and after the tragic events.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, he is just braver five minutes longer,’” Pembroke Christian Church Pastor Jim Sullivan said as he addressed the crowd. “We’ve seen the people who were braver five minutes longer – the firefighters and policemen who rushed into the buildings and the military who rushed into the Pentagon.”
Sullivan, along with other members of the North Bryan Ministerial Committee, recognized special military guests 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Commander Col. Doug Cardinale, Spc. Matthew Bailey and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Moser along with local first responders for their service and dedication to their jobs.
“These are just ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” Sullivan said.
The service included prayer, music, food and fellowship as the community gathered together. Pembroke Police Chief Mark Crowe expressed his gratitude for first responders by reading a poem and also by singing “God Bless the USA.” Faith Harvest Sanctuary’s youth band NuCreature played Christian and inspirational music.
Read more in the Sept. 14 edition of the News

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