By Bob Donaldson
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 11, 2014)-- Hoosiers gathered to honor those lives lost on 9/11 just like they have done every year since that tragic day 13 years ago.
But this year, the annual memorial service downtown was different in significant ways. For one woman in the crowd this year, this was a homecoming.
"It's a homecoming for me, for Tim and for piece of the Pentagon to come back to Indiana," said Teri Maude.
Teri Maude’s husband Tim was the highest ranking military officer killed at the Pentagon on 9/11. She and Tim met in Indiana while they were students at Marion University. Teri helped dedicate a 600 pound slab of the Pentagon’s limestone façade that was quarried in Indiana and will now become a permanent part of the memorial downtown.
"But more important the piece of stone or the twisted metal from the tower is to remember the men and women who continue to say 'yes' to service, because less than one percent says 'yes,'" said Teri.
Speakers at this ceremony gave a familiar message about remembering and staying vigilant. But this year, that message resonated even more because of a Hoosier who came home to hear it. Speakers at the ceremony gave a familiar message about remembering and staying vigilant.
"One of the things I don't want is for people to forget and so, for total strangers to come out and remember is great. It really is," said Teri.