New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 264
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Friday was proclaimed a day of prayer and remembrance of those tragically killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
And so it was in New Braunfels.
Local schools, governments, churches, and businesses joined hands with citizens and neighbors in outpourings that were both religious and patriotic as Comal County and the rest of the world in recognized the tragedy unfolding in New York and the tribulations that will follow.
And at the end of the day, the bands and cheering sections for two rival high school football teams merged in an unprecedented, patriotic half time show that symbolized the way Americans have joined together in the wake of the attacks believed to have killed thousands.
At OakRun School, Principal Richard Ramirez opened the day the way schools everywhere used to
— with announcements, the Pledge of Allegiance and the raising of the flag.
“The attack focused on two symbols of the power of America,” Ramirez told students. ‘They were the twin towers in New York, symbols of our economic power and the Pentagon, a symbol of our military power.”
At 2 p.m. at New Braunfels High School, a standing-room-only pep rally was conducted for Friday night’s football game against Seguin
— the oldest high school rivalry in Texas.
But if the pep rally was about beating Seguin, that aspect was almost an afterthought.
The rally was steeped in spiritual overtones with a profound dose of patriotism.
It opened with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.” See SOLIDARITY/3A
Rag etiquette an important part of patriotism
From Staff Reports
During this extremely remorseful and somber time in America, it brings citizens great hope to display the American flag.
Stores all over town are quickly selling out of flags, as citizens reach out to stand together united and shaken, but unbeaten. The display of
the American flag has been a common scene throughout the city of New Braunfels.
“Many people don’t realize there are guidelines for displaying the flag,” said Cecil Konkel of American Legion Guadalupe Valley Post 35. “For example it is important to know that you should not leave the flag out overnight,
unless it is in accordance with the U.S. code and guidelines. If it is displayed at night, it must be illuminated. The U.S. flag is normally displayed from sunrise to sunset.”
Members of the Boy Scouts and city employees recently assisted Konkel and his fellow legionnaires as they
proudly displayed the American flag on the downtown plaza.
The flag can only be flown at half-staff under a president’s directive or until noon on Memorial Day, said James R. Pickett, Sr., commander of the American Legion Post 179. Pickett said See FLAG/3A
By Betty Taylor
What do we do?
That was the question members of New Braunfels Rebounds committee wanted to answer Friday when they met to discuss the Partners in Prayer event kicking off this Sunday.
The communitywide effort will allow New Braunfels residents to “adopt” victims of the terrorist attack tragedy in prayer.
“Everybody wants to do something,” said Rebounds Director Pastor Chuck DeHaven of St. Paul Lutheran Church. “What we have learned in the grief process is that this is a long journey. It Eves with you forever.” DeHaven said Partners in Prayer was a way to help the victims’ families and bring healing to everyone and that the community was rising to the challenge of praying forSee REBOUNDS/3A
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City pauses for prayer and remembrance
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Air Force Staff Sgt. Denise Flory sings “America the Beautiful” in First Protestant Church Friday.
By Brett Bousman
As the nation continues to be sobered by the events that took place this past Tuesday, people from around the nation and community gathered for a time of prayer and remembrance. Nearly 200 people congregated in First Protestant Church as New Braunfels participated in the nationwide event.
“We are here to show support,” Linda Gutierrez said, standing with her daughter Christen Moses, “to take a moment and feel the pain of the victims and their families.”
An hour of song, scripture, and prayer offered the people of New Braunfels a time to reflect upon the pride of the nation and the Eves lost.
As patriotic songs played, some stood, some pondered and some cried.
The service opened with a prayer asking for protection “from secret powers that plan to destroy the nation by making us ready for the things that lie ahead.” It was a prayer not for immunity from risks but courage to face and stamp out these risks.
The ministers prayed for the military, calling it a badge of honor regardless of what service they perform.
Denise Flory, staff sgt. at See PRAYER/3A
TIShow of solidarity
Citizens unite after Tuesday’s terrorist attacks
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Fans proudly display their patriotism at Unicom Stadium Friday night as both the New Braunfels and Seguin High School bands took the field together at half time to play “God Bless America” and other patriotic songs. People on both sides of the field displayed flags of all shapes and sizes.
Bush calls reservists to duty; FBI releases list of hijackers
By Ron Fournier
WASHINGTON — President Bush, vowing to “rid the world of evd,” called 50,000 military reservists to duty, won power from Congress to wage war on terrorists and waded into the ruins of Tuesday’s attacks in a flag-waving, bullhorn-wielding show of resolve.
“I can hear you,” Bush told hundreds of weary rescue workers Friday at the World Trade Center in New York. “The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these budding down
and attended services at Washington National Cathedral before boarding Air Force One for New York.
Millions of Americans, hearing the president’s cad for a day of prayer, streamed to churches, other houses of
worship and civic gatherings. Others found different ways to underscore their sadness and anger. Expressions of patriotism abounded.
Congress cleared the way for action, approving $40 bd-lion to help the victims, to increase security and to hunt down terrorists who masterminded the attacks. "The Senate authorized Bush to use “necessary and appropriate force” to retaliate.
The votes were unanimous.
Bush himself gave the md-itary authority to cad 50,000 reservists to active duty for
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At noon Friday, citizens of New Braunfels gathered at the steps of the courthouse to have a moment of silence in memory of those who lost their lives in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.
Program lets people adopt victims in prayer