By Lt. Angelo Gonzales, AA/PIO
Mule Creek State Prison

Mule Creek State Prison honored the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a moving remembrance ceremony held in the Central Plaza of the institution.

Plaza walkways were lined with flags to mark the 17th anniversary of the most tragic act of terrorism on U.S. soil.

A large (50×30 ft.) American flag flew over the plaza while the MCSP Honor Guard presented the colors. A moving rendition of the National Anthem was sung by MCSP’s Correctional Officer Stormy Sergent.

Mule Creek State Prison Warden Joe A. Lizarraga led staff with a speech followed by a moment of silence dedicated to the memory and honor of Correctional Officer and Marine, First Sergeant, Michael S. Barnhill, U.S. Marine Corps. On May 28, 2005, Barnhill was killed during active duty, while serving his second deployment in Iraq.

The warden then invited others to talk about where they were at the time of the attacks and how the attacks impacted their lives and inspired them in the years that have followed.

The ceremony was brought to a close with a single trumpet rendition of “Taps” played by Chief Deputy Warden (A) Bryan Holmes.