Omaha Public Radio News
2:51 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Omaha metro area pays tribute to terror attack victims, fallen soldiers

Omaha, NE – The victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks were remembered Thursday during a series of ceremonies in the Omaha metro area.

Woodmen of the World sponsored memorial observances in Omaha, Elkhorn, Millard, Council Bluffs, and Underwood, Iowa. At each ceremony, an organization received a new flag and flagpole.

One of those was the Charles Drew Health Center in North Omaha. At the base of the Health Center's flag pole are two plaques. One remembers everyone who has died in the fight against terrorism. The second is in memory of Army National Guard Sergeant Germaine Debro, who died in a roadside bombing in Iraq September 4, 2006.

Sgt. Debro's mother, Priscilla, says she's honored by the community's support of her family and her son. She says when she asked him why he wanted to go to Iraq, Sgt. Debro responded that he wanted to go because his military friends had children and he wanted them to be home with their families.

Flags were flown at half-staff throughout Nebraska.