Lubbock honors the fallen of 9/11 attack

Lubbock honors the fallen of 9/11 attack

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 17 years ago. 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were NYPD officers, and 37 were officers at the Port  Authority. Lubbock honored the fallen, the families who still cope with the loss, and veterans who've died in the global war on terror on Tuesday afternoon outside the county courthouse.

"The soldiers and the first responders and the victims of 9-11 gave their lives for the right reason," said Ysidro Gutierrez, with the American Legion Post 500.  "And that is in defense of the values and traditions that we hold dear here in America."

Gutierrez said 9-11 should not be a day to remember the tragedy, but to memorialize the fallen. 

"They gave what Abraham Lincoln called the last great measure of devotion," said Gutierrez. "You know I don't know how to measure devotion, but giving your life is one way."

Aside from first responders and military, thousands of victims died in the attack and many families still grieve. 

"We also honor the fallen civilians and first responders and the families of the fallen they are so important to us," said Gutierrez. "We want to make sure they are comforted and know that we will never forget."

Among the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that have died since the beginning of the global war on terror. The American Legion Post and the Veteran's of Foreign Wars paid tribute to 23 year old corporal Jose Velez from Lubbock, who died in Fallujah in 2004 clearing an enemy stronghold. He was posthumously awarded two purple hearts, the bronze star, and a silver star.

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