The Dollarway School District held A Day of Remembrance on Wednesday to honor those lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001, including Dollarway Class of 1989 graduate U.S. Navy Petty Officer Nehamon Lyons IV who was killed in the attack on the Pentagon on 9-11.
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Tara Tyler-Woods, who is also a 1989 Dollarway High School graduate, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, while the Commander of the Pine Bluff Arsenal, Colonel Luis A. Ortiz was the featured speaker at the event.
“Today should be a day of mourning because we lost so many lives,” said Ortiz. “I do get emotional today and I want to remember and honor Petty Officer Nehamon Lyons IV. Remember him by your actions. He was the type of person who depended on his training, his unit, and loyalty to get the job done. The picture of my life that I want to have is like his. He didn’t ask questions, he just worked to complete his mission.”
Ortiz, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, said that he wanted to serve in the United States Army because the United States has given so much to him.
“I wanted to serve. I was born in Mexico City before I came to the United States,” Ortiz said. “I have received so much from this country and I owe so much to this country, so I wanted to serve. I have served for 31 years.”
Ortiz said that he encourages anyone who wants to serve to do so, and said his door is always open to speak with anyone who is considering going into the military.
“My door is always open to speak with anyone who may want to serve,” Ortiz said. “Not everyone can serve, but we can all remember and honor those that we have lost.”
The Dollarway High School Band, members of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Mayor Shirley Washington, and Dollarway High School Junior ROTC also participated in the ceremonies.