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A large crowd gathered Friday for the Sept. 11 memorial prayer on the Owen County Courthouse lawn. Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier opened the memorial, followed by Owenton First Christian Church Pastor Bill Watson. Owenton First Baptist Church Pastor Bradley Banks led the gathering in prayer. Watson said he felt the large turnout was indicative of how Sept. 11 affected not only the lives of those who lost family members, but everyone throughout the country. “I think everyone was affected by it,” Watson said. “It reminds people of their freedoms. I think it was a wake-up call that we’re just as vulnerable as anyone. It’s a reminder to everyone that life is very precious.” Organizers said this year’s crowd was the largest since the yearly event began three years ago.