Hundreds Gather for 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Albert Nakanishi
Albert Nakanishi
Sri Chakravarthy
Sri Chakravarthy
Hundreds gathered at Tamarind Park in Downtown Honolulu to remember 9-11
Hundreds gathered at Tamarind Park in Downtown Honolulu to remember 9-11

Sep 11, 2006 11:32 PM

by Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- People from all walks of life gathered in Downtown Honolulu for a ceremony in honor of those lost in the 9-11 attacks.

Albert Nakanishi arrives with a poster he holds dear. A poster he bought shortly after the majestic Twin Towers came crashing down.

"I stumbled across it," he said. "And I just felt like I needed to get it."

He didn't know any of the people killed in the 9-11 attacks. But like many Americans, he was deeply affected by what happened that day.

"It affected all of our lives," Nakanishi said. "And I think it's just that we as, we just need to remember."

"Today marks the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks," the emcee of the ceremony announced.

On this day, hundreds gather at Tamarind Park to remember. Among the diverse group, a man who lived just two blocks from Ground Zero.

"I was in the lobby of the building that I lived in when the first plane hit. So clearly, I didn't see it. But I heard the sound," Sri Chakravarthy, former New York resident, said. "Saw the aftermath of the first hit, which was, which was pretty gruesome."

He shows us the photos he took. Images of devastation and despair though his eyes.

"The first five, six months, I don't think I could even sleep a full night's sleep 'cause I would get up with all these images in your mind," he said.

For all those lost, a moment of silence, the playing of taps, and a promise to never forget.

"We take so much for granted in America, the freedom, the liberties," Chakravarthy said. "And I think we need to do more to cherish those values."

Honolulu's emergency responders were also honored. Organizers say they want to make the 9-11 remembrance ceremony an annual event.