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Gainesville Fire, police to present colors at Falcons game
Ceremony part of 9/11 remembrance
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The honor guards from the Gainesville fire and police departments will give the presentation of the colors at the Atlanta Falcons game Sunday in the Georgia Dome. They are seen here presenting the colors at a previous Falcons game. - photo by File photo

The honor guards from the Gainesville fire and police departments will give the presentation of the colors at the Atlanta Falcons game Sunday in the Georgia Dome.

Officials said they were honored to give the flag presentation as the country remembers the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York.

“We choose to honor all who gave their lives that day (15) years ago,” Gainesville Fire Division Chief Keith Smith wrote in a news release. “Our nation lost over 3,000 people that day from all walks of life including civilians, military personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers.”

Smith said future ceremonies commemorating Sept. 11 anniversaries will be at the public safety memorial underway at Roosevelt Square.

“This being the anniversary of 9/11 and … the things that have occurred over this past year — this one definitely means a lot to us. It’s an honor,” Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.

The Gainesville public safety departments have participated in the ceremonies before, such as the Falcons’ 2012 season opener.

The Falcons will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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