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Today is the time to remember 9/11 — the day we said we’d never forget; please reflect in your own way

Staff Report To honor the brave first responders, the innocent victims, resolute members of the military and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary bravery in the face of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, please share a moment of silence. The following are programmatic elements to consider when for your 9/11 anniversary observance, from 911memorial.org: Observe moments...

Bill Straub: Rand Paul’s excuse for voting against 9/11 victim’s compensation bill was deficit. Really?

Sen. Rand Paul wants it both ways. That, as you likely realize, is par for the course with politicians who too often say one thing and then do something different, hoping no one notices. But it’s particularly striking for the Bowling Green Republican who presents himself as the Drakon Kholkikos when it comes to guarding the federal treasury, tersely rejecting various efforts to fund initiatives that...

Healthy Headlines: Some things to know about chest pains and calling 911 — every moment counts

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s the moment of truth: your chest hurts and you’re having a hard time catching your breath. Your loved one wants to call 911 but you’re not so sure – it could just be indigestion or something minor. You decide to have your loved one drive you over to the ER. After all, 911 is for emergencies – and surely your chest pain isn’t an actual emergency, right? Wrong....

Bevin issues executive order intended to improve efficiency of state’s 911 emergency system

Gov. Matt Bevin has issued an executive order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s emergency response system by reorganizing the Kentucky 911 Services Board. “The citizens of the Commonwealth depend on 911 dispatch centers for life-saving communications during emergency situations day and night,” Bevin stated. “As Kentucky’s 911 system transitions from an outdated...

Study shows volunteering improves physical, mental health for post-911 military veterans

Volunteering improves physical health, mental health and social outcomes for post-9/11 military veterans, according to a recent study co-authored by Karen Lawrence, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. The study is the first national study of civic service among United States military veterans and will be published in the February 2017 print issue of Psychiatry...

EKU to mark 15th anniversary of 9/11 with stair climb, ceremonies, blood drive

Eastern Kentucky University will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy with its annual stair climb and memorial ceremonies, as well as a blood drive. On Sunday, Sept. 11, EKU students, faculty, staff and community members, many cloaked in full fire department or military attire, will be joined by first responders from surrounding counties at the climb, which will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Keene...

Mike Denham: As 9/11 reminds us, we are all Americans willing to defend the values that bind us

On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11. Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to President Kennedy’s assassination. While New York,...

Tom Block: My good friend Neil Levin among the nearly 3,000 we remember today, always

  I was in New York City on 9/11 and will always remember that horrible day. In recent years I have had two occasions to recall my good friend who died on that fateful day.   In one of the spookiest moments of my life, I was doing one of my periodic drawer cleanups and came across a very unexpected item, the building pass from the last time I was in the World Trade Center. I had gone on...

Kentuckians encouraged to remember lives lost on 9/11 by lowering flags to half-staff

All Kentuckians are encouraged to remember each of the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor their memories by lowering flags on Wednesday, Sept. 11.   “Sept. 11, 2001, will always be one of the darkest days in our country’s history. Nearly 3,000 Americans died that day, and the pain will never be fully erased,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “I call on all Kentuckians to remember and honor these...

Helping create base for 9/11 monument
was ‘biggest honor’ for hometown business

A showroom display at Stones and Granite commemorates the Guzman family's role in helping create the America's Response Monument at Ground Zero. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Stephen Burnett KyForward correspondent     It began in 2011 with the Lexington monument commemorating passengers lost when Flight 5191 crashed five years earlier near the Blue Grass Airport. Then about a year later,...