In observance of those who lost their lives on Sept 11, 2001, the city’s fire and police departments hosted a combined 9/11 remembrance ceremony today.
Activities commenced at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Law Enforcement Center at 2757 East Point St. in downtown East Point.
“During this twelfth anniversary week of Sept. 11, we will reflect on events of that day when four U.S. planes, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and onto a field in Pennsylvania, killing more than 3,000 people in a matter of hours,” fire department spokeswoman Renita Shelton said in a statement last week.
“Among the many casualties were the deaths of 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 125 civilians and military personnel at the Pentagon – all of whom will never be forgotten,” she said.
Residents of the city were invited to join in the remembrance ceremony and share their own personal experiences and stories.
“Behind the staggering number of deaths are the individuals who were left behind, including families, friends and co-workers,” Shelton said.
The East Point fire and police departments paid homage in a moment of silence at 9:59 a.m. in observance of the time when the South Tower, the first of the twin towers, fell.
Words of encouragement were shared by Mayor Earnestine Pittman.
Fire Chief Rosemary R. Cloud and Police Chief Woodrow Blue shared memories of Sept 11 as well as past memorials.
Last year on the anniversary of the tragedy, Fulton county fire and police departments came together to dedicate the Circle of Honor Public Safety Memorial, which is located at 3025 Merk Road in College Park.