Service in Casper honors memory of 9/11 attacks (Photos)

Jammie Buck talks about a friend of his while holding an American flag as Breea Holmes stands beside him. Buck’s friend had a father who died in the south tower during the 9/11 attacks in 2001. He presented the flag in honor of his friend, who recently died by suicide. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – Jammie Buck’s clutched a small, folded American flag near the front of the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery chapel on Wednesday morning.

Buck met a friend in a treatment facility in Utah. That friend’s father was on the 101st floor of the south tower when the attack happened in 2001. He was one of the 2,977 people who died.

“Last year I got a call from his brother,” said Buck. “He committed suicide.”

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“I remembered I had this flag at home, so I figured I’d bring it here today for everyone who lost their lives that horrible day.”

The small gesture was a reminder of that 18 years later, the events on that day still ripple throughout the country.

The “War On Terror” that started soon after the attacks continues to this day with no end in sight.

But on Wednesday morning, Casper’s first responders and veterans gathered on a rainy day to honor the sacrifices made by first responders throughout the country, as well veterans and the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Patriot Guard Rider Miles Harteng stands with an American flag before the start of a Patriot’s Day service in memory of the 9/11 attacks on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
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Attendees stand during an opening prayer at a ceremony remembering the 9/11 attacks during a Patriot’s Day ceremony at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
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