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Lebanon Marks 9/11 With Controversial Fireworks Show

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LEBANON, Tenn. – A postponed July 4th event sparked a big debate in Lebanon. While the world stopped to remember the 12th anniversary of September 11, the city shot off fireworks.

The fireworks were from the city's canceled 4th of July celebration, which was called off due to weather. The mayor rescheduled it for September 11. The move was met with mixed reaction.

The most vocal opponent was Lebanon City Councilwoman Kathy Warmath. She called the idea of a celebratory mood insensitive on a day when so many people died.

For most of the afternoon, the celebration had a very sparse crowd - 100 people at most.

In addition to the games and vendors, there were speeches about never forgetting what happened on 12 years ago - and to always stay vigilant, even in a small town like Lebanon.

"I look at it as, we need to come show that we're not going to bow down and be hidden in a house somewhere," said Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead. "To not be afraid and come out and express our patriotism."

By the time the fireworks were launched, a crowd of several hundred had gathered to watch and cheered on the show.

The event coordinator said there were already plans being made for next September 11.

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