16th Annual American Tribute


Communities across the country are gathering to remember the events of September 11.

The City of Odessa held the 16th annual American Tribute at Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa.

“It kinda puts chills on my arms to see all this happening,” said Sheriff Mike Griffis, Ector County.

“I believe we should never forget what happened in the past. People paid a price for our freedom,” said Scott Winchall, Prosperity Bank.

Hundreds of volunteers gathered to place 3,000 American Flags around the park.

Even the rain didn’t stop the masses from remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Each flag placed around the pond represents someone who died during 9/11.

“All these first responders go out there and do what they do everyday, day in and day out and it could be their last call out,” said Sheriff Griffis.

“It’s okay to still grieve and it’s okay to mourn the losses over so many people,” said Amy Bunch, Cub Scout Leader.

Red, white and blue covered every inch of the park as West Texans of all ages remembered the tragic event.

“For the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts we are going to put flags around the pond for the people that died in the crash of the twin towers,” said Eric Kiper, 6-years-old, 

“I like how the community comes together to remember the national tragedy,” said Winchall. 

 “Here in West Texas we are more fortunate that other places in the country to have this kind of support for our first responders. I feel so blessed to live in a place where they appreciate our first responders,” said Sheriff Griffis.

The flags will remain at Memorial Gardens Park for the next 10 days.

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