A steel beam retrieved from the wreckage of the World Trade Center will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Yellow Jacket Stadium, 1201 W. Henderson St. Cleburne firefighters several years ago drove the beam from New York to Cleburne.

A ceremony is scheduled for noon at the stadium to mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Members of American Legion Post 50, the Cleburne Fire Department, Cleburne Police Department and other officials will participate.

“What strikes me about this year is that is that those who were born in 2001 are now 18 or almost 18,” said Marty Peters, past Texas state president of American Legion Auxiliary. “Which means they are high school seniors or out of high school now and grew up in a post-Sept. 11 world. 

“It’s important for those of us who are older to make sure the tragedy and sacrifice of that day is never forgotten and that the history and importance of that day is passed on to our younger generations.”

Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance agreed.

“It’s hard to believe 18 years has passed since then,” Severance said. “But it was definitely a defining moment in our country’s history, one where everyone who was alive remembers where they were that morning. Those events shaped so much of our world since so it’s important we come together, remember what happened and always remain vigilant so this never happens again.”

Cleburne Fire Chief Scott Lail said the lives lost that day must never be forgotten.

CFD’s pipe and drum band will perform “Amazing Grace” at 7:46 a.m., 8:03 a.m., 8:37 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. that morning to mark the times each of the four hijacked planes went down that day.

“Attend the noon ceremony if you can that day,” Peters said. “If you’re unable to at least stop by some time during the day to honor the lives of the citizens and first responders we lost that day and the members of our military who went to war after. Visit and bring your children and tell them about that September day.”

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