Local Navy vet performs in remembrance of Sept. 11

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Sept. 11, 2013 — Early this morning, from the front steps of the Cabarrus County Government Center, Concord resident Keane Matthews stood tall and faced the flags that flew at half-mast. He lifted his horn, closed his eyes and played “Taps” with clarity, precision and resonance, twice—at the moments each of the towers of the World Trade Center fell.

"I thought there would be several events in Charlotte,” said Matthews. “I wanted to give people in Concord an opportunity to remember those who died on Sept. 11."

Matthews was not part of a production; he created the impromptu performance as a service to local residents. Matthews is a volunteer with Buglers Across America, a national organization of 7,500 horn players who have committed to playing a live rendition of “Taps” at the funeral of veterans. 

Matthews is also a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1990-1997. 

"It's important for people to remember those who died on September 11, 2001, and that freedom isn't free," said Matthews.