Bixby Community Honors 9-11 Victims
HONOR THE FALLEN: Bixby High School Marine Corps Color Guard presented the colors while the audience, including Bixby North Intermediate students, remembered those fallen victims of 9-11.
It was a beautiful, sunny day for remembering our fallen.
The victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack were honored and respectfully remembered in a 40-minute program at Washington Irving Park in Bixby.
The Wealaka Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution () organized the program, secured the speakers and invited area school children.
This year’s program included a silent procession around the monument with bells ringing, Taps played by Mike Jones, the Bixby High School Marine Corps Color Guard presenting the colors and a 21-dove release for the finale as the audience sang “America the Beautiful.”
The doves are part of the national bird-release project that releases doves at Memorial Day events and 9-11 Remembrances, locally supplied by Larry Dobelbower.
Walter Gund, president of Friends of Irving Foundation, told how Bixby acquired the twisted I-beam piece of the World Trade Center to create the monument.
Robert Montgomery, Vietnam veteran and former New York City police officer, told of losing his brother in the attack. His brother was an officer in the port authority.
Bixby fire fighters were in attendance, as were more than 175 fifth graders from Bixby North Intermediate.