One day after Sept. 11, 2001, eight men in basketball attire formed a circle at the foul line in the Marietta Family YMCA gym on 7th Street.
It was a little past noon, and the gathering was prompted by Pastor Garry "Grizz" Hogue of Waterford.
"Fellas, do you think we could say something before we play?" he said.
Do you suppose similar scenes like this at work and on the street were occuring all over America?
I think so.
The day before, of course, the United States had been attacked, and innocent people suffered loss of life.
Do you remember where you were or what you were doing on that Tuesday morning? Most of you, I'm sure, do.
As I recall, I was driving on Front Street, after leaving the Marietta A.M. bureau (since burned down), and going home when the radio reported the horrific tragedy. It was so unbelievable.
Meanwhile at the gym the next day...standing there with hands linked and heads bowed in silence, Rob Knight of Warren, after a few seconds had elapsed, said a prayer.
Then, the eight men chose up sides, and played four-on-four, full court hoops. Along with Hogue and Knight, I was one of those players. I think Kirk Schultheis of Marietta was also there.
Unfortunately, the other four elude me - but they know who they are.
Interestingly, while viewing all of that week's events unfolding on television, a widow of one of the 9/11 victims mentioned that her husband had played some basketball earlier that Tuesday morning before heading to work at the World Trade Center.
This guy, even though we never knew him or his name, was one of us, I believe. He would've fit right in with us, or with any adult group in America for that matter, who played basketball for...the exercise and the love of the game - and not necessarily in that order.
Oh, yes, at the Marietta YMCA, we also had the option of competing on the court before dawn's early light, usually about 5:30 a.m.
This guy, of course, is gone, now, as our many, many other people on that day 10 years ago. Even now, it's downright heartbreaking to watch the old TV footage of men and women plunging to their deaths from the Towers.
Those good people on the ledges of the WTC never had a chance as did all of those fallen police officers, firemen, and rescue workers.
They'll always be remembered, whether it be in a YMCA gym or wherever.
Ron Johnston is the Marietta Times sports editor, and can be reached at 376-5441 or at email@example.com