October 22, 2021

Heard County’s September 11 Remembrance Program

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Article written by David Posey — photos courtesy of Julia Saint, Faye McIntyre, and Tracey Hunt

(Franklin, GA) — On Saturday, September 11, 2021, the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, hosted an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on our nation.  This year’s memorial is even more meaningful given that this area recently lost a most beloved First Responder.

Under clear skies, the program was opened by Pamela Ann Lyle, Regent for the chapter. After opening remarks, the gathering observed a moment of silence to honor those who gave their all on that fateful day.

Ms. Lyle stated, “Today is a day of remembrance as we gather to fulfill our promise to never forget the thousands of innocent Americans who were killed on September 11. Today is a day to acknowledge the courage, heroism, and the resilience displayed by our first responders in the aftermath and continues every day throughout our country. Today is a day to remember the families that suffered the loss of loved ones in the line of duty. Today is a day that reminds us that around our county and country, citizens never fail to help in a time of crisis.”

The opening prayer was offered by Jane Barker, Chapter Chaplain, giving thanks for the sacrifices of so many brave men and women on that day, and in the days that followed.

The Braves Patrol from Centralhatchee Elementary School led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and was followed with reciting the American’s Creed by the crowd.

Heard County Commission Chair, Lee Boone, presented a Proclamation declaring September 11, 2021, Patriot Day. He encouraged all citizens throughout the county to publicly or privately and gratefully acknowledge the service the individuals that lost their lives that day and our first responders in the county that keep us safe each and every day.

Durell Langley, Adjutant, American Legion Post 148, offered greetings and heartfelt remarks remembering those who perished in the attacks, reminding us that around our county and country, Americans never fail to help in a time of crisis.

Durell spoke, “As a free people, we must never forget that the innocent victims of September 11, 2001, attacks did not die in vain.”

Sheriff Ross Henry and Chief Kevin Hannah greeted the crowd with words of encouragement and remembrance for the day.

Sitting quietly to the side of the memorial was a vase holding 100 white roses. Carla Brown, Honorary Chapter Regent, explained the meaning of the white rose and it significance for this day. She stated that throughout time, the white rose has stood alone as a symbol of remembrance.

“Today is a special day for these roses as they are laid in honor of the victims and families of 9/11 and to honor the first responders who have given all for the protection of the citizens of Heard County,” stated Brown.

Braves Patrol member Makenzie Arp quietly placed a single rose at the base of the monument.

Heard County Fire Chief Jim Short addressed the crowd and a “last call” was played for James “J.B.” Guiler. Following the tribute, Chief Short and members of his family unveiled the memorial dedication that is now permanently attached to the monument.

Battalion Chief J.B. Guiler passed away on duty on September 2, 2021, after over 30 years of selfless public service.

Amazing Grace was then beautifully played on the bagpipes by Bryce Delaney of Carrollton with the closing prayer offered by Jane Barker.

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