Morgan County citizens will gather this weekend to pay respect to the victims and courageous fire fighters, EMTs and law enforcement officers that responded to the tragic September 11 terrorist attacks.
A remembrance ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers will be held at the Morgan County Public Safety Center on Saturday, Sept. 11 beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m.
According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the ceremony will include a welcoming message from Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley, a presentation of colors from the Morgan County High School Air Force Junior ROTC group and a rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by the Morgan County High School Band.
New Hope Baptist Church, Greshamville, Pastor Mike Pritchett will offer an opening prayer before a moment of silence is recognized remembering the moment when the first plane struck one of the towers.
Howard said Morgan County resident and retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Steven Whitcomb will speak after the moment of silence leading to a second moment of silence remembering when the second place struck the tower.
Following the moment of silence, the Calvin George American Legion Post will present service flags. The service will also include remembrance of the Pentagon strike and the United Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, Pa.
Morgan County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeff Stone will do the Last Alarm Reading and the Madison Volunteer Fire Department will do the Ringing of the Bell ceremony prior to David Fink singing “Amazing Grace” and a member of the Morgan County High School band performing “Taps.”
The ceremony will be held in the front parking lot of the Morgan County Public Safety Center on Monticello Highway. Parking for the event will be provided in the center’s gravel parking lot on the north side of the building within walking distance of the front parking area.