Knoxville community members pray for 9/11 victims

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – During a night filled with music, prayer and words from Dr. Clarence Sexton, community leaders and community members came together at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium to pay tribute to the lives lost during September 11.

“We believe we ought to remember what happened, Knoxville remember and we’re grateful to God for his provision and care, for the great heritage of this nation,” said Dr. Sexton.

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.
FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts which once faced the soaring outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, after a terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.

Dr. Sexton grew up in Maryville, but also lived in New York for a number of years. He said he was in Denver when he first learned of the attacks, but had been at the World Trade Center towers with his wife just a few weeks earlier

“September 11 was shocking to us,” said Sexton. “We’re trying to teach another generation and bring them along about what this day is all about.”

The Temple Baptist Church pastor said was proud of East Tennessee. He said East Tennessee is a great representation of the fabric of America.

“East Tennesseans are good-hearted people,” said Sexton. “They’re flag waving Americans. Their heart is in it. Their heart deep in all of this. And so when you’re saluting the flag and singing God Bless America and saluting and singing the national anthem, you will find East Tennesseans at the heart of it.”

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