BILLINGS - Montana State University-Billings held its annual remembrance ceremony this morning on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The ceremony was held at Montana’s 9/11 Memorial, which features a 612-pound steel beam from the site of the destroyed World Trade Center. The 9/11 First Responder Scholarship, commemorating police, firefighters and others killed, was presented to Chris Laurent, a student in the paramedic program.
Retired Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras, the keynote speaker, encouraged honor to be paid to those who lost their lives not just on this day, but every day.
"How we honor people is not necessarily to submerge ourselves in that feeling, and that depression, but I think it's more important to respect those people, that we live our lives how they would have lived their life, that is being kind to each other, being understanding, embracing diversity, not looking at conflict as something that needs to be physical. It's something that actually shares points of view, shares ideas, and we're a much better society if we work together, than if we work apart," Dextras said.