Remembering those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001

In this 2019 file photo, Floyd County Police Department Lt. Dana Collum rings the last alarm bell at a ceremony honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony Friday at 8:30 a.m. will be livestreamed over the city’s Facebook page to avoid any issues with a crowd of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rome’s public safety community will hold its annual 9/11 memorial commemoration Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Firefighters Memorial Plaza on Sixth Avenue beside City Hall.

Retired firefighter Phil Langston said the leadership of the local firefighters and law enforcement agencies all felt it was important to continue to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the attack on the World Trade Center buildings and Pentagon 19 years ago.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have arranged to have the event livestreamed on the City of Rome, Ga — Government Facebook page so that people can still see the ceremonies.

Fire Chief Troy Brock, Rome Police Chief Denise Downer-McKinney and Floyd County Police Chief Mark Wallace will all make brief remarks. Special thoughts will be offered by Lovejoy Baptist Church Pastor Carey Ingram.

Amanda Scholl will sing “Rescue” and the national anthem. Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Dave Thornton will lead a special prayer and Joe Dunaway on bagpipes will lead a joint honor guard into the plaza for a wreath presentation.

A timeline marking the events of Sept. 11, 2001, will be read. It will note the specific times that the hijacked aircraft flew into the two trade center towers and Pentagon, as well as the heroic efforts of passengers aboard the flight that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

An aircraft struck the north tower of the World Trade Center first, followed by the south tower shortly afterward. The Pentagon was struck approximately 45 minutes later.

The flight that crashed in western Pennsylvania went down just after 10 a.m. No one knows for sure what the intended target of that plane was. Almost 3,000 people were killed in the attacks — including 343 firefighters, 37 Port Authority officers and 23 New York City police officers.

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