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11:47 PM Wed, Nov. 14th

Adult Center Patriot Day observation remembers attacks

PRESCOTT - Residents from throughout Yavapai County gathered Tuesday to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and to honor America's service men and women.

The Adult Center of Prescott kicked off its participation in the national Veterans History Project during the Patriot Day observance.

The adult center gives veterans an alternate place to record their military experiences. The Bob Stump VA Medical Center has gathered veterans' stories since 2002.

The Library of Congress receives a copy of each veteran's story, regardless of where the veteran tells it.

Veteran Jerry Liebman reacted strongly Tuesday afternoon to a replay of the Sept. 11, 2001 collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City.

"I was so upset after seeing the attacks in 2001 that I immediately went on the Internet and applied to become an air marshal. Unfortunately, I was too old. When I saw it again today, I remembered what I felt (six years ago)," Liebman said.

Patriotism and gratitude are not exclusive to people born in the United States.

Lucy Hanson is from the Netherlands. She was 10 years old at the beginning of World War II. Hanson moved to the United States in 1963 and is now an American citizen.

"I always attend veterans programs. I like to thank them for liberating me," she said. "The war made a big impression on me. At that age, 10 to 15, it was very traumatic."

The members of the Casa Belles danced to "The Stars and Stripes." The Jerry Antics quartet sang a musical medley of patriotic songs.

Adult Center of Prescott Executive Director Joan Shay said she hopes the Patriot Day observance grows each year.

"I think it is important for the adult center to host this type of event. It is important that we are not just having classes and dances," Shay said.

Liebman said, "It is important to remember (Sept. 11). Every American should remember so we don't become complacent."

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