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Bank holding 9/11 memorial

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Area residents are expected to gather at 7:30 Thursday morning to commemorate those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and J.P. Stone Community Bank will hold its annual memorial ceremony near the flag pole on the corner of First Street and Abilene Avenue.

Bank President David Stone said the bank has held a memorial service every year since the attacks.

“It (the ceremony) is for remembering the brave people and the innocent people that lost their lives that day,” Stone said.

Stone said the 30-minute ceremony is a way for the public to commemorate those lost and show their patriotism.

“Patriotism that Americans have for our country is something special. We don’t want to lose what America has,” Stone said.

Stone said he expects about 50 people to attend the memorial ceremony, but said the event is open to anyone.

Pila Montoya, assistant to the president at J.P. Stone Community Bank, said the event will feature the color guard from Cannon Air Force Base and patriotic music sung by Eastern New Mexico University freshman Amy Carter.

Montoya said the ceremony would also include speeches by Stone and Roosevelt County Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker and a prayer led by a member of the public.

“We all think it’s really important to never forget,” Montoya said of the ceremony.

Parker, the ceremony’s guest speaker, said he believes holding 9/11 ceremonies is important throughout the nation.

“It’s one of the few times we’ve been attacked,” Parker said. “In spite of being such a powerful nation, it showed we could still be hit where it hurts.”

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