BEEVILLE — Dywane Burrell woke up Tuesday morning with the feeling that he needed to do something.
It was an overwhelming urge to remind the community of the significance of that day – Sept. 11.
“I just felt like I needed to do it today,” he said.
“It was on my mind.
“It was on my heart.”
So, for most of the morning, he stood in front of Bible Baptist Church holding the U.S. flag.
“I just felt I needed to do this today,” he said, adding that this had nothing to do with the church. “It is just for encouragement purposes is all it is.”
When a reporter and videographer approached him, he even seemed a little surprised.
“I thought I could stand under the shade of my flag for a little while today,” he said, enjoying the cool morning air. “I wasn’t really expecting any attention on this today. I just wanted attention for the flag.”
But he was getting some attention. A few motorists honked and others waved.
“I have had a few stop by and honk their horns and give me the thumbs up,” he said.
“Somebody has already encouraged me. They gave me a big ol’ thing of water.
Burrell, a preacher at Bible Baptist, said he vividly remembers the morning the Twin Towers fell.
He was building a home in North Carolina, where he lived at the time.
“We went to one of our employees’ homes to watch what was happening on television,” he said.
“I remember the sickening feeling in my stomach.
“It was a sickening and helpless feeling, knowing you couldn’t do anything to stop that.”
“Your heart just goes out. That is a lot of people’s family members there.”
Burrell wasn’t alone in his effort to pay tribute to the victims.
Earlier that morning, youngsters had gathered to honor those who died in the terroristic attacks that day.
About 400 students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School raised flags and handmade banners high as they marched several blocks around the school.
Their chant was simple, “U.S.A.”
Only a few minutes later, about 50 residents, employees and guests at Hacienda Oaks gathered outside the nursing and rehabilitation home for a short tribute to those killed.
Special tribute was paid by Jeff Brewer, a local preacher and singer, who led the residents there in song and prayer under the shade of the old oak trees.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.