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A Columbus area Army veteran once again marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with the playing of taps at four locations around the area on Wednesday, including at the Grandview Heights’ Municipal Building.Graham Webb III made the four stops Wednesday morning with the playing of taps on his bugle at the times each commercial jetliners al-Qaeda terrorists had hijacked crashed on that fateful day.
Webb’s memorial to those killed began at 8:46 a.m. at the Upper Arlington Mallway toward that city’s Fire Station 71 at 2095 Arlington Ave. The time coincides with the American Airlines Flight 11 terrorist strike into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.The tribute then moved to the Municipal Building, 1016 Grandview Ave., the base of the Grandview Heights Division of Police and Fire Station 51. Webb played taps at 9:03 a.m., the time United Flight 175 struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
Webb then marked the 9:37 a.m. strike of the Pentagon by American Airlines Flight 77at the flagpole of Ohio State University’s ROTC Building just off Lane Avenue at 2121 Tuttle Park Place.Finally, the tribute quickly moves to just outside the baggage claim area at the John Glenn International Airport. Webb played taps at 10:03 a.m. to mark the time United Flight 93 crash landed in a field near Shanksville, Pa.
Webb has made this tribute part of his extensive volunteer effort to play taps at the passing of police officers and active and retired members of the military.He has marked the anniversary of 9-11 with the playing of taps for 18 years.