Akron's official 9/11 commemoration honored a fallen Marine who died in Afghanistan.
The baseball field at Reservoir Park in Goodyear Heights was dedicated in Marine Corporal Derek Wyatt's memory as "East High Memorial Field". It was a baseball field he spent a lot of time on, before heading to Afghanistan to serve his country, and later, losing his life.
Wyatt and all who sacrificed their lives after 9/11 were remembered by Goodyear Heights United Methodist Church Pastor Sam Martin.
"We ask that the creator of us all, to sustain those who lost loved ones," Pastor Martin said. "And yet, we come together thanking him for those who risked their own lives by rushing in, to save others and to serve others."
A crowd of dignitaries, including Mayor Don Plusquellic and council members, and others, like congressperson Betty Sutton, remembered Akron's sacrifice.
"Derek gave his all on our behalf," Sutton told the crowd, "and we are called to remember the price he paid to keep us safe, and free."
Akron fire chief Robert Ross remembered all the first responders who were pressed into service 10 years ago...and says those responders in departments like Akron know what that means...
"Our first responders know the dangers of the job," Chief Ross said. "They know that at any time, they could lose their lives in service to others...but they go anyway."
Just one day after Corporal Wyatt was killed, his wife Kait delivered their new son.
"Unfortunately for all of us today," Kait Wyatt told those assembled at Reservoir Field, "September 11, 2011 was not the last day that we would feel and have to endure the emotional pain that comes with the loss of a life."
But Kait Wyatt reached out to the community and thanked everyone for their support of her in a trying time.
Wyatt's fellow baseball team members marked the "missing man" at second base, and unveiled a plaque in his honor.
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