Remembering September 11, 2001

September11th Memorial and Celebration of Our Present Day Heros was held at Anniston's Centennial Park Friday evening. Photo by Thomas Wilczek/Special to The Anniston Star

Two observances of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are set for Tuesday morning in Jacksonville and Anniston.

“We Honor Our Heroes,” hosted by Pearl Williams, will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Jacksonville City Cemetery. Williams’ son U.S. Army Maj. Dwayne Williams was killed at the Pentagon during the attacks. She has hosted the ceremony each year to honor those killed in the attacks.

“It’s something that brings me healing,” Williams said. “It’s for all who lost their lives in 9/11, not just my son.”

The event will host a number of speakers, singing by Susan Patterson and the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville choir and Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade on the bagpipes. If it rains, Williams said, the ceremony will be moved to First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

A ceremony honoring 9/11 and Alabama’s fallen firefighters at Centennial Memorial Park in Anniston will start at 11 a.m. A number of local and state officials are set to speak, including Gov. Kay Ivey, state Attorney General Steve Marshall, and Secretary of State John Merrill.

Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sparks will dedicate the new state firefighter memorial listing names of all Alabama career and volunteer firefighters killed in the line of duty. The family of Mt. Olive volunteer firefighter Tracy Sanders, who died on-duty in January 2017, will help uncover the memorial.

Centennial Memorial Committee head Ken Rollins said the ceremony will also include an honoring of lives lost in 9/11 attacks, a wreath-laying in the park’s reflecting pool and a flag detail performed by local honor guards.

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