Why would there be a 9/11 memorial in Hattiesburg, Mississippi? I’m not really sure, but it is in our parking lot. A Pine Belt man died in the World Trade Center that day, but I don’t know if his death was the inspiration for the memorial or that our newspaper’s patriotic roots commanded it. Maybe it was a little of both.
Anyway, that’s where our city pays tribute to the fallen – victims and heroes – and the living heroes who worked to save lives and prevent more attacks that day.
I don’t know why I like to go to these things, but I do. I guess because 9/11 was an event that brought out the worst – and best – in humankind.