9/11 remembrance events planned

Area ceremonies are planned to commemorate 9/11.

Members of Columbia County Fire Rescue will host a Remembering 9/11 Ceremony at 8:15 a.m. Sept. 11.

Held at The Plaza Parking Deck, 7015 Evans Town Center Blvd., the ceremony will begin with the Presentation of Colors by Columbia County Fire Rescue’s Color Guard followed by a timeline of events, last call, ringing of the bell and closing prayer, according to a news release from Columbia County public relations manager Cassidy Harris.

Firefighters will remain on site after the closing of the ceremony to climb 55 flights of stairs to commemorate the 110 flights of stairs that were in the World Trade Center.

A 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to never forget one of the most tragic days in
American history and to honor the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11 in the
World Trade Centers, the news release said.

At Augusta University, the 7th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk event will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 on the Summerville Campus. The event, bringing Augusta University and the city of Augusta will commemorate the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Augusta University Provost Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, will be joined by several guest speakers from the community in leading the remembrance. There will also be a vendor village for local merchants, according to an email from Augusta University.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to remember the heroic activities and the tremendous sacrifices made on that day, and by our military heroes in the ensuring years,” said John Ryan, Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response coordinator

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