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John Heidenreich, a Navy veteran, will hold his second annual "Operation Respect and Honor" on the corner of Telegraph and Eureka roads tomorrow (Wednesday, September 11). He'll also be trying to break his own record for saluting passers-by.
Last year, he spent all day on the corner with a makeshift memorial. He was joined by other veterans, news crews, etc. He spent 13 hours saluting, and will attempt to best that mark tomorrow. He also always runs 11 miles to honor the anniversary, and watches "too much History Channel," by his own admission.
"I want to turn a negative into a positive," Heidenreich said. "I want to do something special for everyone involved. I want the community to Respect and Honor this tragic day. I want people to remember, and to never forget."
The 9-11 terrorist attacks occurred 18 years ago tomorrow. The terrorist attacks done by al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people in New York and elsewhere, and injured 6,000 more. In all, the attacks did approximately $10 billion in infrastructure damage to the United States, and directly or indirectly led to lengthy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Osama bin Liden, leader of al-Qaeda, was eventually hunted down and killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in May, 2011.