(Milan, Ind.) – On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11, a victim with strong southeast Indiana ties will be immortalized.
The 2001 terrorist attacks in the big cities of New York and Washington, D.C. were felt especially hard in the small town of Milan.
Army Lt. Col. Canfield “Buddy” Boone died when a plane smashed into the side of the Pentagon.
Dead at 54, his remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The Purple Heart and Legion of Merit were awarded posthumously.
Boone was a 1966 Milan High School graduate. His mother, Edna, still lives in town.
The former Ripley County resident was a Hoosier throughout. He coached basketball, went to Butler University after high school, and eventually joined the Indiana National Guard. He moved his family to the nation’s capital in 1990 to work at the Pentagon.
He was working much like any other day when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the side of the massive building without notice.
The Milan American Legion, Milan Lions Club, and Milan VFW will honor Boone on Sunday. A permanent memorial will be dedicated at Baker Memorial Park.