Golden Gate community remembers Sept. 11 attacks
NAPLES, Fla. - Collier County remembers the lives lost 11 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Golden Gate community held a ceremony starting at 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Alexandra Rogers, 12, and her classmates played "God Bless America" at Tuesday's 9-11 ceremony in Golden Gate. Some students might be too young to remember the attacks on 9-11, but to learn Alexandra turns to history books and her father.
"I explain to her it's about remembrance what happened and the attack, not just on the U.S., but on all people around the world in the Trade Center that day," said Alexandra's father Neal Rogers. "Also, to remember we must stand up against terrorism in all forms."
Americans won't forget where they were as we watched two hijacked planes crash into the World Trade Center on this day 11 years ago.
Paul Garrah led Tuesday's remembrance ceremony and spent years in the military. He worked at the Pentagon and left just three months before the attacks. He hopes the younger generation does not forget sacrifices were made.
"We need to have ceremonies like this so they realize even though it may be in the history books, it's recent, it's close to many people's heart," said Paul Garrah.
Outside in the courtyard of the Golden Gate community complex, a large American flag hangs from the ladder of a fire truck. Community members gather and pause for a moment of silence to remember the livest lost.
"We learned the attacks came at two different times, one after the other and soon after the Pentagon was attacked," said David Galindo, Golden Gate Middle School student.
Nearly 3,000 lives lost, but even 11 years later, a community comes together and unites as one.
Bonita Springs also held a ceremony on Tuesday morning.