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Northeast Georgia commemorates 9/11

POSTED: September 10, 2013 12:44 a.m.

Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands, Gainesville and the rest of the nation remember those who lost their lives and those who put their lives on the line to save others.

In Gainesville, Wednesday will start with a prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on Green Street. Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will host the event, which features Cagle as the keynote speaker.

“It will be a time for us to come together in prayer and attest to the triumph of America’s spirit over cowardly acts of terror,” Couch said. “It will serve as an opportunity to demonstrate our solidarity in affirming America’s unwavering commitment to the pursuit of freedom and justice. Lastly, it’s an opportunity to pray for the victims of 9/11 and the safety and well-being of all the men and women who serve as America’s first responders, often sacrificing their own well-being daily to ensure the safety of others.”

The breakfast will include prayer, the singing of “Amazing Grace” as well as the national anthem and the presentation of colors along with remarks from Cagle and closing comments from Couch.

At 9:45 a.m., Gainesville will begin its commemoration with an honor guard presenting the colors at the flagpole at the Public Safety Facility on Queen City Parkway. At 9:59 a.m., the time the south tower collapsed, the fire bell will ring and a moment of silence will be observed at 10 a.m.

“We took the stance, and the phrase is ‘Never forget,’” Gainesville Fire Chief Jerome Yabrough said. “So it’s something we do every year to honor all the public safety personnel that lost their lives in that incident.”

Yabrough also noted the fire department has a piece of steel that was in the second tower, something it acquired about three years ago when pieces were given to fire departments across the country that applied.

Parking for the ceremony is available behind the Gainesville Justice Center directly off Banks Street.

In the evening, the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus will hold a ceremony followed by a candlelight vigil to honor those who died.

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at ground zero in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., killed almost 3,000.


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