Guest Speaker Delivers Message to Hundreds in Archer City

In the wake of the 9/11 Anniversary several Texoma towns held their own ceremonies. The Ministerial Alliance of Archer City and its six churches invited a special guest speaker to share his experience of what the anniversary means to him.

The sweet sound of music resonated through the Archer City High School Auditorium. Each melody, a remembrance of what happened a decade ago. Hundreds of residents packed inside to remember the people who lost their lives on 9/11, those whose lives were changed forever and those who serve to protect us.

"Thousands and thousands of young men and women who have stepped in since 9/11 to go in and I rest comfortably at night knowing we have people like that," said Archer County Judge Gary Beesinger.

After a few brief introductions, the time came for guest speaker, Master Sgt. Darrin Crowder.

"Nine-eleven was a time that we really pulled the blindfold of off people and we realize that there really is true evil in this world," said Crowder.

With a long resume that includes combat in the Gulf War, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan, two tours in Iraq and more than 15 years as a green beret Master Sgt. Crowder shared his testimony of the battles he endured, one that nearly took his life.

"I had been hit in the head, all down the left side of my body, my leg I couldn't move," he said.

Insurgents had attacked a base he was stationed at in the middle east. Doctors said it was a miracle he survived. That day changed his life forever. He now walks in faith and speaks
around the country of his former personal struggles. While he was not at the twin towers during the attacks Master Sgt. Crowder was deeply affected and on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 he hopes that people will see the world we live in, without a blindfold on.

"People tend to get complacent after a period of time and it has been 10 years, which in our microwave society can be almost a lifetime and so don't give up the fight against evil."

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