Omaha Pauses To Reflect, Remember September 11, 2001


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Omaha Pauses To Reflect, Remember September 11, 2001

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Sep 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 11, 2013

Omaha, NE - In Omaha and across the country, people paused to remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93.  

Everyone from firefighters to those who weren't even alive, pledged to keep September 11, 2001 in their minds and in their hearts.
At Lothrop School, students gathered for a 'Paving the Path to Peace' event where OPS presented Omaha Fire and Police with memorial plaques.
"We want to do something to better our community to demonstrate that we have learned from a tragedy, and we are working together going forward to make the world a better place," said Sandra Day, Omaha Public Schools Magnet Coordinator. "If we can't rely on each other, we really are lost."
Capt. Kevin Mandina said as a first responder, the memories of Sept. 11th are never far away.
"You always have to be aware it can happen," he said. "12 years later, you always, in the back of your mind, think that you're almost due for something like this to happen. You hate to think that way, but you have to think that way in our job. You have to be ready for that day."
In south Omaha, UNO students spent the day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
One of the volunteers was Ramiro Vazquez who was active military in 2001. He said this day is a chance to give back.
"9-11 for me, personally, means helping other people, volunteering and trying to make a difference, regardless of how small it is in somebody's life," said Vazquez.
Flags across the city sat at half-staff as people paused to remember and reflect
"I can remember it just like it was yesterday," said Mandina. "(It) doesn't seem like it was that long ago."
At Memorial Park, the rolling memorial was set up as well as a flag for each person who died on 9-11.
Diana Sams spent her lunch break at the park. She said she will never forget the phone call from her husband, who was active military in 2001.
"I remember getting the phone call where he called," said Sams. "Our son went to elementary school over by the base, and he said, 'Come get him as far away as you can.'"
The flags will be set up at Memorial Park until Sept. 15.
Military and first responders who are in uniform or have ID will get a discount at Werner Park Wednesday night.
The Storm Chasers game is set to begin at 7:05 p.m.