The public is invited to honor victims and first responders who died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the 9/11 – A Day of Remembrance and Reflection ceremony on Tuesday.
The event, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the flagpole at the Evans Towne Center Park, honors not only the victims of the attacks but also the members of law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service who protect and serve their communities every day, Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said.
“These annual remembrances are important because we have to keep what happened in our memories, the victims and all those who lost their lives,” Tucker said. “I also see it as a way every year to remind us of fire, police and EMS (personnel), who put their lives on the line every day.”
The special guest will be Army Col. Jack Hook, who was inside the Pentagon when it was attacked.
The event also features a flag presentation, last call for the New York Fire Department by Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue and a ringing of the bell. A moment of silence will lead into Kate Smith’s version of God Bless America.
The Rev. Cynthia Taylor, of the Church of the Holy Comforter, volunteered her services at Ground Zero after the attacks in New York City. She will deliver a closing prayer.
“That whole day, flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset as part of Patriot Day, which is a big, significant part of Sept. 11 remembrance,” Tucker said.
“It’s hard to believe it was 11 years ago.”