EUGENE, Ore. — People all over the world remembered the September 11th terrorist attacks today; in Lane County, memorials began before sunrise.
Lane County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Loren Corner honored the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, by being one of hundreds of buglers to play Taps Tuesday morning.
The first note sounded at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time and then again at 9:03 a.m. Eastern, the exact times the first planes crashed into the two World Trade Center towers 11 years ago.
But the sound that drifts from Sgt. Corner’s trumpet, through the courtyard outside the Lane County Jail, is much more peaceful than the sounds it commemorates.
“Taps is a tribute, from all the people that have been served by the person, to me, and it’s just a way I can honor their service to the country, to the citizens,” said Sgt. Corner.
Sgt. Corner has played taps many times and mostly at funerals. While today there are no gravestones, no casket, it is a funeral of sorts, for the hundreds of service men and women, and civilians who died that day.
“So many lost their lives and so many are remembering this today, that it’s just an honor to be a part of it,” Sgt. Corner said.
Once the sun comes up, Sgt. Corner lowers the flag to half staff and waits for two more strokes of the clock. At 9:37 a.m. Eastern, when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon and before the final commemorative recital at 10:03 a.m. Eastern time, when Flight 93 crashed. Fellow Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined Sgt. Corner in his final tribute.
“Innocent civilians lost their lives in a ruthless attack and I think that should always be remembered. America stands for so much that is good and to see something like that happen that is so unjust, I just want to remember that time and those people that lost their lives,” Sgt. Corner said.
This is the second year Sgt. Corner has played taps on September 11th, as part of Bugles Across America. You can learn more about the organization through this link, Bugles Across America.