September 11, 2017

Let’s take a moment of silence today in honor of the people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Following the aftermath of September 11, 2001, September 11th was declared Patriot Day- and although not a national holiday, it is observed every year through various memorial services and ceremonies.

In New York City, the 9/11 Memorial is holding a Commemoration Ceremony and the “Tribute of Light”- which is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York.

Ways to Remember September 11 in Atlanta

Cobb County

9/11 Field Of Flags
Kennesaw will host a weekend-long event starting Friday night with a concert and ending after a Sunday morning church service.

Friday’s Freedom Concert, featuring the Time Bandits, begins at 8 p.m. on the Marietta Square. Crowds will begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for a flag procession from Grace Community Church, 770 Kennesaw Ave. to Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield. Sunday’s memorial service at the mountain begins at 8 a.m., and the names of victims killed in the attacks will be read aloud.

To purchase concert tables and flags or sign up to participate in the procession go to or contact Pat Huey at 770-432-1760.

Terry Fund GA 2016 Memorial Stair Climb
Participants will climb 110 stories of an office building at 3200 Windy Hill Road SE to commemorate the heroes who lost their lives to save others on 9/11. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, but the climbing starts at 1 p.m. Registration is $30. The event also features a bounce house, food and fire truck pull competition.

Go see a flag that was flown at the World Trade Center
Retired New York firefighter Danny Fink has offered the flag that was once flown at the World Trade Center during 9/11 to Cobb County officials. The flag was retired on May 15, 2002. It will be flown this week at Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services Headquarters, 1595 County Services Parkway in Marietta.

North Fulton County

September 11 Liturgy of Remembrance
Sandy Springs’ Liturgy of Remembrance service begins at 10 a.m. at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mt. Vernon Hwy, NW. As part of the ceremony, the Sandy Springs Fire Department will assemble fire trucks with ladders raised and the American flag displayed. The Honor Guard of the Sandy Springs Police Department will present colors. Pipes and Drums of the Fire Department will march in procession. City, state and federal lawmakers are scheduled to attend. Congregation will assemble outside for the “civil” portion the service. A potluck luncheon honoring our local first responders will follow the service.

Johns Creek 9/11 Commemoration Event
Lisa Dernovish, vice commander of the Alpharetta American Legion Post #201, will be the keynote speaker at Johns Creek’s tribute ceremony. Mayor Mike Bodker will also provide remarks. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Newtown Park Amphitheater, 3150 Old Alabama Rd.

Roswell 9/11 Tribute Ceremony at Roswell Area Park
The city of Roswell’s memorial tribute begins at 1:30 .m. and will feature Roswell Fire and Police Honor Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band, the Holcomb Bridge Middle School Chorus and a floating wreath presentation. The ceremony takes place at the Mike Gann 9/11 Memorial, located near the lake in Roswell Area Park (10495 Woodstock Rd.)

9/11 Service Honoring Victims
City firefighters and police, along with Milton High School students, will set up a 9/11 memorial on the school’s front lawn on Friday, Sept. 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. A student-led memorial service will take place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11. Residents can assist with removing flags from the school’s front lawn from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Hwy. For questions or additional information, please contact Patrick Reilly at

Worship Service Honoring First Responders
Milton’s Crabapple First Baptist Church, 12760 Birmingham Hwy., hosts a 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Special Liturgy Marking the 15th Anniversary of 9/11
The event is hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 535 Rucker Road in Alpharetta, and begins at noon.

Patriot Day Chow Down
Milton first responders are invited to dinner at 4 p.m. at Milton’s Cuisine, 800 Mayfield Road. Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood is scheduled to make remarks.

DeKalb County

DeKalb commissioners, CEO, public safety event
DeKalb County government officials and public safety personnel will hold memorial event on Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at the county’s fire and rescue services headquarters, 1950 West Exchange Place, Tucker. The memorial will include a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. marking the time of the first crash into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Georgia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb
The FirstService Residential and The Manhattan Condominium are hosting the stair climb to pay tribute to FDNY firefighters, police and EMS personnel “who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live”. Each participant pays tribute by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The climb begins at 8:46 a.m. at the Manhattan Condominium, 4561 Olde Perimeter Way in Dunwoody. Registration begins at 8a.m.

Decatur Interfaith Gathering
A community gathering takes place Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ebster Recreation Center, with pot-luck meal, and continues with an interfaith service at 4 p.m., focusing on the theme “Remember, Reconcile, and Relate”. Attendees are encouraged to bring a simple dish to share and a lawn chair. The center is located at 404 W. Trinity Place.

Gwinnett County

Fallen Heroes Memorial
The Gwinnett County fire department will hold a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Fallen Heroes Memorial. The memorial is located at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and honor guard units from Gwinnett County fire, police and sheriff’s departments, as well as the Lawrenceville Police Department, will take part in the event.

‘Remembrance’ in Suwanee
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the city of Suwanee will hold an event near its “Remembrance” exhibit, a piece of twisted metal reclaimed from the World Trade Center and donated to the city in 2013.

“Created by Statesboro artist Marc Moulton, the display also includes a 9/11 historical timeline with stainless steel letters and numbers embedded into a cement pad as well as an inverted conical sculpture, with the lower Manhattan cityscape cut into it,” city officials said.

The event will feature local police, fire and honor guard members. Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, State Representative Brooks Coleman and Suwanee Chief of Police Mike Jones will speak.

The exhibit is on the east side of Town Center Park, which is at the corner of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

‘America’ with the Gwinnett symphony
At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will kick off its 20th anniversary season with “America: A Tribute to the Heroes of 9/11.” The concert and gala will be held at the Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

Concert tickets are $15, and tickets to both the concert and gala are $50. Proceeds benefit Care for Cops, the Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Operation Homefront.

A Patriotic Run
At 2 p.m. Sunday, the “Patriot Run 5K” will be held at Lawrenceville’s Tribble Mill Park. Proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Police Foundation, which provides assistance to law enforcement officers and their families in times of need.
Registration is $25 for the 5K, $32 for the 10K and $15 for the fun run. Click here for more information.

City of Winder
Just outside Gwinnett, the city of Winder will hold a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The mayor and council, as well as the city’s fire and police departments, will participate. The 30-minute service will be held at the Winder Fire Department, 90 North Broad St.

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