LEWIS COUNTY COMMEMORATES 9-11

CENTRALIA –  Where were you 20 years ago, Saturday?  The events that unfolded on 9-11-2001 are forever etched in our minds. Lewis County sheriff Rob Snaza had just awoken after an eight hour patrol shift. “I can remember the horrifying feeling, anxiety and sorrow at what was happening at that point in time. I knew after a brief moment our lives had forever changed”, Snaza said. The sheriff was on the SWAT team at the time, awaiting word on whether he would be deployed out of the county due to repercussions elsewhere in the state. Sheriff Snaza added, “You hope your training and instincts pay off as you are the calm in the midst of chaos and that you can make highly important decisions at a time when there is truly chaos amongst you. You hope for the best but you always train for the worse.” On Saturday, the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis hosts a Day of Recognition beginning at 2:00 p.m.. Museum curator Chip Duncan says its, “To be able to honor veterans of all wars, policeman and firefighters, to focus and understand the significance of 20 years ago from an attack that literally, fundamentally changed the landscape of our culture in America.” At America’s Team Museum, 622 S. Tower Avenue in Centralia, owner Peter Lahmann says he’ll have on display a helmet from a rescuer at the site of an airplane crash at the Pentagon that day. Accompanying the helmet will be a photograph showing people around the crash site. America’s Team Museum is open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

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