SAN ANGELO, TX –– Saturday evening saw dozens of San Angeloans gathered downtown to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Kicking off at 7:00 p.m., citizens were invited to gather at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial River Stage where they enjoyed a 45-minute performance by the San Angelo Community Band and multiple performers.
After the presentation of the colors, Fire Chief Brian Dunn began the second half of the evening and Mayor Brend Gunter issued a proclamation for the solemn occasion.
Attendees then had the opportunity to view a remembrance video showcasing the horrific images that shocked the nation and the world two decades ago. The video also included testimonies from local firefighters who reflected on the lives lost during the attack.
The keynote speaker of the evening was U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Reilman, the 17th Training Wing commander at Goodfellow Air Force Base. Reilman reflected on the attacks, his deployment overseas, and the strength of the American spirit.
The crowd then honored the nearly 3,000 lives that were cut short with a moment of silence and by lighting a candle.