Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith was deployed to the Pentagon following the terrorist assault.
TYLER, Texas — September 11, 2001 — a day many Individuals will always remember, together with Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.
Sheriff Smith stated it was a daily day till his pager went off. He and his spouse had simply purchased a brand new home and he was on a ladder finishing renovations when he was referred to as to deploy to the Pentagon following the aftermath after American Airways Flight 77 crashed into the west aspect of the constructing.
As a result of planes weren’t flying, Sheriff Smith drove from Tyler to Virginia and spent two weeks there to “dig by way of the top-secret paperwork, separate airplane elements, and sadly, physique elements.”
His most memorable second was once they would “cease and pray” once they discovered the deceased victims. Sheriff Smith recollects feeling “hopeless” for the victims.
Following 9/11, many Individuals enlisted within the army to combat within the nation’s longest warfare. Now 20 years later, this would be the first anniversary of the terrorist assault for the reason that U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban seized management.
Sheriff Smith says remembering the “blood of the women and men who died” in Afghanistan can have a “massive impact” on the anniversary this yr.
Sheriff Smith will communicate Saturday, September 11 at 7:30 am on the 9/11 Memorial Service at Smith County’s Downtown Tyler Sq..