By Erica Thomas, managing editor
CLAY — The Clay-Trussville American Legion SSG Michael W. Hosey Post 205 is hoping an event commemorating Sept. 11, 2001, will honor victims of the terrorist attack, but also teach a lesson to those who were not even born when the attack happened.
The ride from Clay to Fairfield on Sunday, Sept. 8, was meant to ensure the horrific acts of terrorism on that day were not forgotten. The Post 205 Riders Director, John Burke, said it is not only important to remember what happened, but also to remember what happened after the deadliest terror attack ever on U.S. soil.
“We have forgotten how we became a country of one,” said Burke. “Everyone came together to help their neighbor.”
Thousands were killed and injured. In fact, the total count of deaths continues to rise 18 years after the attacks. After the planes flew into the World Trade Center and into the Pentagon, hundreds of first responders rushed to the scenes to save lives. In the days and weeks following the attacks, the American spirit grew stronger as homes and businesses across the country displayed American flags. Burke said that is what most Americans have forgotten.
The commemorative ride was Post 205’s way to keep that memory alive. Michael Crawford, American Legion Post 137 Fairfield Commander, said he was thankful his post could pitch in by welcoming riders after their journey from Clay.
“It’s great to have the post as the endpoint because everybody will see the riders coming in and everybody will think about it,” said Crawford.
As for the Clay-Trussville post, there is one important lesson they hope to teach generations to come.
“We can overcome anything as long as we come together,” said Burke. “I think that’s the main lesson that can be taught.”
Center Point Fire and Rescue provided two ladder trucks to hang a large American flag for the ride Sunday.