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Northern Nevadans Pay Tribute on 9/11

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At schools, homes and places of work across the country today, Americans paused to remember those lost in the September 11th attacks that shook the nation 12 years ago. Northern Nevadans took pause and honored those who made sacrifices on that horrible day.

At 10:48 in the morning, the crowd of about 200 gathered in the small park behind Fallon City Hall observed a moment of silence, marking at once each terrible event of 9/11…from the first plane hitting the towers to the last plane crashing in a Pennsylvania field. A 21-gun salute then broke the silence. Then, the horn played "Taps."

That was followed by first responders, who one by one placed a rose to remember. Governor Sandoval spoke from the podium, not just for the state but for all Americans. He told those gathered, "We were shocked, saddened, angry and shaken. But as today's gathering shows, we've remained vigilant, resilient and grateful for all the sacrifices made that day. On this anniversary, we gather to remind ourselves of the responsibilities of being a free and enduring nation. We are proud, patriotic, optimistic and resolute."

The Fallon ceremony is held every 9/11. Fallon's mayor says that will never end. This year, 12 years to the day, reactions to the nearly unimaginable tragedy remain strong. Fallon resident and military vet Garrison Hardesty brought his little boy. Choking up, he told us, "I thought it would be an opportunity...to share this with my son, and to pay homage to the men and women who sacrificed in so many ways."

There were no survivors of the 9-11 victims at the observance. Rather, just everyday Americans milling around the memorial at the park. The centerpiece: a twisted piece of metal from the Twin Towers, and installed there years ago, on 9/11/2002. Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford told me, "People sit on the bench usually over here and just stare at it. Some touch it, you know? Some people come out with those little flags and put it on the twisted steel."

And that is what Fallon retiree Richard Jessen came to do. He came out to place 2 roses on the stone surrounding the metal. He told us it "was just to honor the people. I was fortunate. I spent some time in the army, I spent time overseas. I came back."

-written by John Potter

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