SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m., the City of Palm Coast will have a public Fallen Heroes Memorial honoring emergency responders killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial recognizes the selfless acts of courage exemplified by the members of the Police, Fire and EMS departments. It will be held at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. NW, Palm Coast (1/2 mile west of the Flagler County Library).
The ceremony will include an Honor Guard compromised of New York, Palm Coast and Flagler County Fire Departments and Law Enforcement agencies. The Honor Guard joins together for the presentation of the Parade of Flags, which is a representation of New York and local emergency service agencies.
The invocation will be offered by the Rev. Father Jim May, and the benediction will be given by Jewish War Veterans Chaplain Howard Schwartz. The National Anthem will be performed by the Matanzas High School Marching Band, and a special musical tribute of “Wind Beneath My Wings’’ will be performed by 9/11 survivor Yvonne Robinson.
The ceremony will pay tribute to firefighters, police officers, paramedics and EMTs with a presentation of wreaths to the respective memorials by active duty emergency responders and 9/11 survivors. That will be followed by a performance of “Amazing Grace’’ by the Ancient City Pipes & Drums. Other tributes include the Firefighter’s Last Alarm and Taps, to be performed by the Honorable Raul Zambrano, Circuit Court judge.
Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts will speak at the memorial and the Firefighter & Police Officer Prayer will be offered by a Palm Coast firefighter and Flagler County Sheriff’s officer. During the ceremony, there will be a National Moment of Silence at 8:46 a.m. which marks the time that the terrorist attacks began when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at nearby Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast.
For more information, contact Cindi Lane at 386-986-3708.