Forcht Bank Barbourville honors local heroes in remembrance of 9/11

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Forcht Bank commemorated local heroes and those who lost their lives on 9/11, during their 10th annual remembrance ceremony.

"We want to take the time to remember and really just talk about the events that happened eighteen years ago," said Market President Corey Chesnut. "Honestly, to get to share that with the younger generation, while it was a hard time, it's something we should look back on. It's a very important time in our history," Chestnut continued.

Students from both Barbourville and Knox Central choirs sang as local JROTC students lead the beginning of the ceremony.

One of those JROTC students said while she was not yet born, she understands the significance of what 9/11 did for the country.

"It really showed that people come together as a community, as a family, at the end of the day," said Destiny Love.

Guest speaker and former football star, and current Education and Workforce Development Secretary, Derrick Kent Ramsey spoke to students about what he said, being a hero truly was.

"We're talking our police, our first-responders, our fire folk, and our military. Uh, those are heroes. I just wanted these young people to know that's what a hero looks like rather than some guy scoring touchdowns," said Ramsey.

Forcht Bank provided lunch for all in attendance, including first-responders and students.

Chesnut also thanked Forcht Bank for allowing the ceremony to continue each year.

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