On September 15, 2001, just four days after the 9/11 attacks, the Laguna Madre area saw its own tragedy in the form of eight lives lost after a barge struck the Queen Isabella Causeway.
Ten years later, the community is coming together, as one united, to honor the passing of those lives and remember the importance of the bridge that links the two cities.
There will be a memorial service held on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway on South Padre Island.
Speakers for the 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony will include residents from South Padre Island and Port Isabel, first responders, state and local elected officials, members of the business community, and others involved in the aftermath of the collapse and the bridge reconstruction.
The Port Isabel South Padre PRESS will be releasing a special section of the paper that day in remembrance of the tragedy.
SPI Mayor Bob Pinkerton, Jr. and PI Mayor Joe Vega wish to invite the public to the auspicious event.
To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Sept. 12 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.