Pausing to remember in Iraq - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Pausing to remember in Iraq

A U.S. soldier reflects during a 9/11 memorial service in Tikrit, Iraq, on Thursday. A U.S. soldier reflects during a 9/11 memorial service in Tikrit, Iraq, on Thursday.

U.S. forces paused Thursday for moments of silence across Iraq, as part of several ceremonies marking the anniversary.

Civilian administrator L. Paul Bremer and Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, attended a memorial at the former Republican Palace in Baghdad, along with about 400 other members of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

The chaplain, Col. Frank Wisner, said a few words before a moment of silence, followed by "Amazing Grace," played by a British soldier on bagpipes.

"In the eternal silence of the shared moments, let us attune our hearts to the voices crying out from September 11th, 2001, compelling us to eradicate terrorism in our world and to restore justice and dignity to creation," Wisner said.

Memorial services were also held in Tikrit -- Saddam Hussein's hometown -- and during a prayer breakfast at Baghdad's International Airport.

Speaking at the Tikrit memorial, Gen. Ray Odierno urged the soldiers not to forget the victims of September 11, and the servicemen and women who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Those soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, civilians who have given their life for a better life not only for people in the U.S., but here in Iraq," Odierno said.

"It is our job to ensure that we maintain this freedom for years to come, for our children. For our children's children. This is why we are here. And it will make a difference."

In Sydney, Australia, United States consulate staff members planted 3,000 trees in an inner city park, and embassy staff in the capital, Canberra, will light candles on the U.S. Embassy grounds Thursday evening.

The candles -- one for each life lost in the September 11 attacks -- will be lit at 10.46 p.m. local time, to coincide with the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

U.S. Embassy and consulate staff around Australia also encouraged people to mark the anniversary by volunteering in their communities.


  • NewsMore>>

  • Tyler police ID victim, suspect in fatal pedestrian incident

    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:02:44 GMT
    Source: Tyler policeSource: Tyler police

    On Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:02 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 9800 block of Hwy 271 N. on a report of a body that was located in the median.

    More >>

    On Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:02 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 9800 block of Hwy 271 N. on a report of a body that was located in the median.

    More >>
  • 31st Annual Cattle Barron's Gala for cancer

    31st Annual Cattle Barron's Gala for cancer

    Saturday, June 16 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-06-17 00:44:39 GMT

    For 31 years the Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala has not only raised money for those fighting back against cancer but celebrating those who have conquered cancer. The public were able to enjoy a night of live musical entertainment from local artist, a live auction that includes poker night with the Dallas Cowboys, a trip to Chicago and more.            Since the gala's inception, they have helped raised over 15 million dollars for the American Cancer S...

    More >>

    For 31 years the Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala has not only raised money for those fighting back against cancer but celebrating those who have conquered cancer. The public were able to enjoy a night of live musical entertainment from local artist, a live auction that includes poker night with the Dallas Cowboys, a trip to Chicago and more.            Since the gala's inception, they have helped raised over 15 million dollars for the American Cancer S...

    More >>
  • More auto burglaries in White Oak

    More auto burglaries in White Oak

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:46:16 GMT
    For the third time in two years, an East Texas community is plagued with residential auto burglaries. White Oak police say last week they had yet another string of auto burglaries in 3 quiet neighborhoods of their city. In a quiet town, when many still leave their doors unlocked at night, a familiar pattern of suspects going street to street and burglarizing cars has popped up again for White Oak police.  "We had numerous reports of vehicles being entered some committed t...More >>
    For the third time in two years, an East Texas community is plagued with residential auto burglaries. White Oak police say last week they had yet another string of auto burglaries in 3 quiet neighborhoods of their city. In a quiet town, when many still leave their doors unlocked at night, a familiar pattern of suspects going street to street and burglarizing cars has popped up again for White Oak police.  "We had numerous reports of vehicles being entered some committed t...More >>
Powered by Frankly