Several hundred people gathered in the Liberty Garden at the Bossier City Municipal Complex this morning -- to remember the events of nine-eleven and those who lost their lives that fateful day.  

Three-thousand people died on, or because of, nine-eleven -- more than 400 of those were first-responders.  The Liberty Garden was built as a permanent tribute to those people.  It was conceived by Keep Bossier Beautiful which, at the time, was the Bossier Clean City Committee.  Mayor Lo Walker says it serves to remind us every day about what happened twelve years ago.

Keynote speaker for today's observance was Bossier Parish Assessor Bobby Edmiston, who's also a Sergeant in the Louisiana National Guard.  Others speaking at the event were Mayor Walker, Bossier Sheriff's Captain Doug Lauter, and Central Park Elementary Essay Contest winner Grace Schneider.  Guests arriving at the Liberty Garden were able to view a field containining 3000 small American flags placed there by cadets from the National Guard's Youth Challenge program at Camp Minden.  A giant American flag suspended by two Bossier Fire Department ladder trucks fluttered overhead.

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photo by John Lee
photo by John Lee
photo by John Lee