9/11 sunrise service in Kaysville / Top of Utah remembers those killed in the attacks

Sep 12 2009 - 1:29am

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(DJAMILA GROSSMAN/Standard-Examiner) The audience listens to a speaker during the Youth of Promise 9/11 Sunrise Memorial Service
(DJAMILA GROSSMAN/Standard-Examiner) The audience listens to a speaker during the Youth of Promise 9/11 Sunrise Memorial Service

KAYSVILLE -- A predawn ceremony at the Utah Botanical Center reminded Top of Utah residents to never forget.

About 50 people attended Utah's Youth of Promise 9/11 Sunrise Memorial Service in Kaysville on Friday.

The 6:30 a.m. ceremony was meant to coincide with the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center eight years ago.

"Everyone says we will never forget 9/11," said Kaleey Sorensen, vice president of Utah's Youth of Promise.

"I know I will never forget that day, but I think it's better if we remember it together."

The ceremony included local youth speakers, a flag-raising ceremony, a video montage of the events of 9/11 and photos of every Utah service member killed in action since 9/11.

Layton resident Emily Goldberg, accompanied only by her own acoustic guitar, performed a song about her brother, Army Specialist David Goldberg, who was killed in Iraq on Nov. 26, 2003.

"I think it's every citizen's responsibility to remember the people who have died for our freedom," Goldberg said.

"We can go on living the lifestyle we're used to because they sacrificed their lives."

Brad Floyd, a member of Utah's Youth of Promise, delivered a speech on what it means to be an American.

"America is the character and integrity of the people," he said.

"You don't have to go to war or be a politician to become a patriot."

Utah's Youth of Promise will build a memorial in Kaysville on the grounds of Utah State University's Botanical Garden.

The memorial, called "Utah Unites in Hope: Remembering 9/11" will honor fallen citizens and soldiers who have given their lives to the battle to preserve our freedom.

"It's just a way for the youth to show their feelings about what happened on 9/11," Sorensen said of the memorial.

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