'Pause and reflect and remember': 20 years on, Grapevine commemorates the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

Assistant Fire Chief of Support John Sherwood holds a hazmat helmet from one of the New York Fire Department victims who lost their life on Sept. 11, 2001. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Assistant Fire Chief of Support John Sherwood holds a hazmat helmet from one of the New York Fire Department victims who lost their life on Sept. 11, 2001. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Assistant Fire Chief of Support John Sherwood holds a hazmat helmet from one of the New York Fire Department victims who lost their life on Sept. 11, 2001. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Members of the Grapevine Police Honor Guard salute the American flag after lowering it during the moment of silence. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Attendees placed flowers at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial to honor the victims. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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American Airlines flight personnel, led by flag-bearer Ret. Capt. Greg Heckrodt marched together to the Grapevine 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Grapevine Fire Chief Darrell Brown was the emcee for the event. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A member of the Grapevine Fire Honor Guard salutes the American flag. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A bagpiper played while aircraft flew in the Missing Man formation. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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An American Airlines flight personnel pays her respects at the memorial. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Solemn faces, lowered flags, minutes of silences in the early hours of the morning marked the Sept. 11 ceremony at the Grapevine 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial commemorating 20 years since that fatal day in New York City.

Firefighters, police officers, airline personnel and friends and family gathered at the memorial to pay tribute to the civilians and first responders who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, when two hijacked airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. A third plane was flown into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed into an empty field in Pennsylvania.

“[Today] we pause and reflect and remember, and we will never forget,” said Grapevine Fire Chief Darrell Brown.

Beverley Bass, the first female captain at American Airlines, recalls having to make an emergency landing of her flight from Paris to Dallas in Canada that fateful day because U.S. airspace was closed.

“It was 20 years ago this morning, that our nation stood in shock,” Bass said. “It is a great honor to be with you on this day, a day that we all know is still very difficult. It is a day that represents reflection, pain, scars, and more importantly, healing.”


The event was live-streamed on the city's Facebook page. A World War II D-Day aircraft flyover on Main Street followed. A 21-foot-by-21-foot American flag quilt featuring the faces of nearly 2,700 victims of 9/11 is currently suspended inside the Harvest Hall through Sept. 30.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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