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Knoxville reflects on the 9/11 attacks, remembers fallen
Knoxville reflects on the 9/11 attacks, remembers fallen

Across the nation, people are stopping to reflect on the 9/11 attacks that happened 11 years ago.

Knoxville paused to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died during the tragedy in an informal gathering Tuesday morning.

A wreath was placed at the memorial on the City-County lawn. The public was invited to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 while local churches rang bells to mark the moment the first plane struck the Twin Towers in New York.

The Knoxville Fire Department remembered the fallen with a 30-foot flag hanging from a ladder truck at Station One on Summit Hill Drive.

Almost everyone has a specific memory or story from September 11, but for two East Tennessee families, they remember a loved-one they lost when they recall that tragic day.

Knoxville resident Bruce Haviland's brother, Tim, was killed as he worked in the World Trade Center that morning.  



38-year-old Rob Lenior was killed in the south tower. He was working as a salesman for a brokerage firm on the 104th floor. The Knoxville native left behind a wife and two kids.    

Tony Karnes was also killed during the collapse of the south tower of the World Trade Center. He was just 37-years-old and a graduate of Gibbs High School.


His sister Brenda Vandever said she does not want Americans to forget what happened 11 years ago.

"Typically people do, and we're doing that now, but of course we families won't," she said.

She said she missed the informal gathering that was held Tuesday because it was not as well publicized as the formal one that had happened during the 10th anniversary.

However, she said she can live with the city and county's new plans to hold a formal ceremony every 5 years.

"Everybody remembers it [9/11], it's just a time you need to rest and remember it," she said.

According to Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said nothing was really planned or organized in relation to the informal gathering.  He just said he was impressed by how many people decided to attend on their own.

"It really showed the thoughtfulness of the people in this building and the thoughtfulness of the people downtown by the number of people who just showed up," he said.


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