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How local officials will honor 9/11 victims, sacrifice
9/11 Memorial Ceremony

A ceremony remembering victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Roosevelt Square in downtown Gainesville.

The event is set to start at 9:45 a.m. at the Public Safety Monument on the square. Roosevelt square is off the downtown square and between City Hall, an administration building, the federal courthouse and the Brenau Downtown Center,

Police officers and firefighters will gather in front of the Brenau center. An invocation will be given and the national anthem will be sung.

At 9:59 a.m., when the World Trade Center’s South Tower collapsed in New York, the U.S. flag will be lowered to half-staff.

Then, at 10 a.m., one minute of silence will be observed.

Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan also is scheduled to speak at the event.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Gainesville Fire Department, should end about 10:30 a.m., fire spokesman Keith Smith said.

Some 3,000 people died in terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. and an airplane hijacking that ended with a crash in a Pennsylvania field.

On that day, 343 firefighters and 60 law enforcement officers died in New York.

“May their sacrifice be a beacon for all of us,” a flier about the event states. “Honor and duty have no boundaries.”

The memorial service is “dedicated to their memory, their families and our nation.”

Smith said personnel from Gainesville Fire, Gainesville Police Department, Hall County Fire Services, Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol are expected at the event.

Last year’s event was canceled because of Hurricane Irma.

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the National Weather Service was calling for a slight chance of showers early Tuesday, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 11 a.m.

9/11 ceremony

What: event remembering victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

When: 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11

Where: Roosevelt square, downtown Gainesville

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