Events today honor heroes, victims of 9/11

Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:21am
Staff Reports

Friday is a national day of remembrance — a day when the ugly memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are stirred once again — and in Nashville the public is invited to honor the victims of 9/11 at several events.

At 10 a.m., Mayor Karl Dean will preside over a wreath-laying service outside the Schemerhorn Symphony Center to not only honor the fire fighters who gave their lives eight years ago, but pay tribute to the 61 Nashville-area fire fighters and EMTs that have died in the line of duty.

Nashville Fire Chief Steve Halford and Gary Moore, president of the local International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 140, will lay the wreath at the foot of the monument erected in November of 2007 in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect others.

The monument stands in the northeast corner of Third Avenue South and Demonbreun Street downtown.

Across the river, Gov. Phil Bredesen, a senior defense officers and the National Guard’s first four-star general will speak as more than 4,000 Guard officers and their guests from across the country have gathered for the annual National Guard conference.

The Charlie Daniels Band will kick off the Governor’s Reception around 6:30 p.m. with a performance at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center just prior to speeches by the governor, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Gen. Craig R. McKinley,Chief of National Guard Bureau.

Among the many candlelight vigils planned to honor the memory of the more than 3,000 people who perished in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the crash of United Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania, is the 6:30 event at South Gate Baptist Church in Antioch.

The program, sponsored by the Stones River Unit of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, will consist of a color guard, a tribute to local civil servants and our troops, special music and readings and a moment of silence.

Soprano Angela Carr will sing at the free public event. Attendees are asked to bring an item for care packages for our troops to the church, 3654 Murfreesboro Road.

Of special note, Congressman Zach Wamp has recorded an actuality reflecting on the eighth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 that can be heard by calling (202) 225-2244.

He notes: “On September 11 each year our nation pauses to remember. Today, we do that with humble hearts, deep remorse over the loss of life, and with a lot of pride in the United States of America. We are reminded how precious our freedom, liberty and security are, and how we must be vigilant to preserve those things as we remember September 11, 2001.”