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September 11, 2011

America remembers: 16-year-old musician lends her instrument, talent to Enid tribute

ENID — The mournful sound of “Taps” in the cool morning air signaled the 8:37 a.m. salute to the heroes of Sept. 11 as the city remembered the events of 10 years ago.

Miku Stone played the song’s 24 notes, the last call of the day, to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Seven Enid firefighters in full dress uniform stood at attention during the song, as did an Enid Police officer in front of the police department across the street as a large American flag suspended from a fire truck waved. A man and woman stood silently off the side, hat in hand, to honor those who died in the attacks.

Stone performed the song four times Sunday — at 7:46 a.m., 8:03 a.m., 8:37 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. — to commemorate the four attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and the crash in Pennsylvania. She started “Taps” at the times of those attacks and the crash. During the first playing, a passing car on Garriott pulled to the curb, and the driver reportedly got out and began to pray.

Stone, of North Enid, was only six years old on that day and only has a vague memory of what happened, but she wanted to do something to honor the day.

“I don’t remember much about the attacks,” she said. “I remember seeing buildings burning on television and I wondered why, and I wondered why the flags were flying at half-mast.”

Stone’s performance was part of a national event by Bugles Across America to have 1,000 bugles play “Taps” at the same time.

Stone, 16, a student at Chisholm High School, organized the event herself. She is a resident of North Enid and told the mayor she wanted to perform in front of her house.

The mayor, in turn, contacted Fire Chief Phil Clover, who helped Stone arrange the event in front of Enid’s Central Fire Station.

“She never missed a note,” Clover said.

Stone plays trumpet in the Chisholm High School band and is a Bugles Across America member, and every summer attends Culver Navy Summer School in Indiana, where she also plays in the band.

Stone wore her Culver uniform Sunday, which bears a medal for being the only girl in the band. She practices between one and three hours daily, takes lessons from a Texas Christian University professor and plans to attend TCU and play in that school’s band.

Also Sunday, first responders in Enid and other cities across the nation planned to sound sirens and bells in a signal to each other to “Stop and Remember” the 10th anniversary of the worst attacks on American soil.

Office of Emergency Management sounded Enid storm sirens for one minute in remembrance. The moment of remembrance applied to all non-moving police vehicles in the field, unless involved in an emergency response.

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