September 11th observed in Athens

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - A gathering on the courthouse lawn each September 11th has become an annual tradition in Athens. The crowds seem a little smaller each year, but the meaning remains just as strong as ever.

"The pews were full of people seeking God. However, 13 years removed from those fateful events, many churches have experienced a decrease in numbers and our nation has strayed farther and farther away from God and the biblical principals that this nation was founded upon," said one speaker.

The numbers seem to be dwindling from this ceremony also. But those who were there say they understand the meaning of the day.

"Well there were so many lives lost, so many in disarray, that were problems, and of course we lost many lives, I'm saying that twice but anyway, it's serious, it's a serious thing," says Vietnam era veteran Jim Watson.

There were prayers for the nation, for those who wear the uniform, for those lost on 9/11 and the loved ones they left behind.

"After the Pentagon was attacked, we were gathered up and told to go home. We were all in shock. I remember going out in my yard that Tuesday afternoon and it was the quietest day I've ever heard," Major Allen Nuss, USAF Ret. told WHNT News 19.

Patriot Day, a time to remember in Limestone County, a time to reflect.

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