May 16, 2021

Remembering September 11

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(Franklin, GA) — Members of the Heard County Fire Department, the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, and Heard County citizens Raymond Brown and Thomas Miller gathered on Wednesday, September 11th for a moment of reflection.

White remembrance roses and a little toy fire truck sat quietly at the base of the large 9/11 memorial.

A moment of silence was observed at 8:46 am, the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The James Stewart Chapter placed their chapter wreath at the memorial to commemorate the day and shared the NSDAR Prayer in Remembrance of 9/11 to those gathered.

Carla Brown led those assembled in the Pledge of Allegiance and in reciting the American’s Creed. Fire Chief, Steve Wirth, briefly told how the monument was created and explained the meaning of each part of the memorial.

The memorial surrounds a large steel beam from an interior stairwell from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Former Fire Chief, Steve Blue, and then Deputy Chief Wirth traveled to New York to bring this piece home to Heard County.

Etched in the bricks at the front of the memorial are the 343 names of the fire fighters that lost their lives in the line of duty on 9/11.

Following the ceremony, members of the James Stewart Chapter canvased the county to deliver food, goodies, and cards of encouragement as well as thanks to all the fire stations in the county.

Please plan a visit to Fire Headquarters in the near future to see this magnificent memorial dedicated to the first responders in our country and our county that keep us safe every day.

(Article and photos courtesy of Pamela Lyle, Regent)

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