El Pasoans pay tribute to 9-11 victims

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - Many El Pasoans paid tribute to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks for Monday's 16th anniversary.

From the start of sunrise a local non-profit group took up a unique way to show their respects.

Team Red, White and Blue, or Team RWB, put on a "moving tribute" at the Veteran's Memorial Park in Northeast El Paso.

For about 13 hours, from sunrise to sunset, several veterans and anyone from the community that wanted to attend would run around the one mile loop surrounding the park.

"It not only allows us to share our memories of where we were that day but also to reflect with others," Team RWB's athletic director Kenny Hill said.

 Across town the Loretto Academy Junior Class took a "vow of silence" to pay tribute to the victims of 9-11.

The class of 92 students would only speak through notes the entire day.

Also in Northeast El Paso, Flags Across America held their 16th annual ceremony at EPCC's Transmountain Campus, with a bell ring on each minute the planes crashed on 9-11.

President of Flags Across America Jimmy Melver says he's a proud El Pasoan and loves seeing the community come out and pay tribute to the innocent lives lost. All these years later though he says now more than ever 9-11 is a day that must be remembered.

"Long term effects have been devastating people don't really realize until the tragedy hits in their own lives and so we want to continue to remember that," Melver said.



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