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Remembering 9/11

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SAYING THANKS TO FIRST RESPONDERS: Frankfort Police Captain Jim Skinner recieves his certificate and pin from Healthy Communities of Clinton CountyCoalition.
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WALKING IN REMEMBERANCE:Isabel Bacon walks in front of her dad, Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon, during Healthy Communities of Clinton CountyCoalition’s, “In Honor of All Who Serve,” walk.

By Katharine Calabro - kcalabro@ftimes.com

Around 35 people gathered for Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition’s fourth annual walking event Tuesday, in rememberance of Sept. 11, 2001.

The “In Honor of All Who Serve,” walk honors and recognizes first responders. Each year, residents and first responders participate by walking from Old Stoney to the veterans memorial on the square, Frankfort Police Department, Frankfort Fire Engine Company #2 and the VFW.

The walk ended at Veterans Park where HCCCC Executive Director Lorra Archibald recognized those who serve and have served with a pin and certificate.

She said it’s important the coalition continue to sponsor this walk in conjunction with 9/11 so residents don’t forget what happened.

“I think it’s one of those things, until it happened in our lifetime we didn’t think about it,” Archibald said.

To keep the memory of those who served and were first responders during 9/11, Archibald brings her daughter who wasn’t alive during the tragic event where 2,977 people were killed. She said unless it’s talked about, it remains unreal to those who weren’t alive when it happened.

“They don’t think about it unless you tell them,” Archibald said.

In support of HCCCC, resident Rebecca Long joined the walk, as she can recall exactly where she was on 9/11. Long was a teacher with a classroom of children when two planes hit the Twin Towers.

She said this event impacted her classroom greatly, and made her more appreciative of people in the service and first responders; especially in Clinton County.

Every year first responders, veterans and leaders in the community are presented with different pins, making it a collector’s item. Archibald also creates extra copies of certificates for department leaders to take back to the office for other members on the team.

Among the first responders present was Frankfort’s Chief of Police Troy Bacon, who comes every year to remember the sacrifice paid by public safety officials and civilians on Sept. 11, and the days following that event.

“I think overall the county has forgotten what happened that day,” Bacon said.

This year, Bacon brought his 12-year-old daughter, Isabel, who had the opportunity to better understand what she learned during her Social Studies class Tuesday. She said this made her want to come out and actually be a participant in this year’s walk.

“I knew it was important to people who were alive that day, even though I wasn’t,” Isabel said. “I know that day was hard for people.”