Bossier City leaders held a 9/11 remembrance service today with prayers out loud, the singing of the National Anthem, and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dignitaries from the city and state also addressed a crowd of citizens, policemen, firefighters and military service members. What made it so reverent, though, was Liberty Garden, which was built to memorialize the heroes of 9/11, serving as the back drop.

Sheriff Julian Whittington was one of the featured speakers. He quoted President George Bush from comments the president made following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

George Bush had a way of putting things in perspective, and I want to use this quote from him..This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before and will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

State Rep. Henry Burns said, "Life as Americans and life in America has never been the same. [9/11] united all of us as never before. These heroes who lost their lives and those who lost their lives saving and rescuing victims of 9/11, a terrorist attack, truly are the new founding patriots that have transformed our public safety now and into the future."

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order today that flags at all state offices would be flown at half staff in honor of Louisiana's fallen civilians and service members who died on 9/11 and since protecting the United States."'