Community honors 9/11 victims, heroes

A Never Forget Tribute at Daytona Memorial Park on Sunday was one of the area’s 9/11 observances held to remember the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Residents add thank-you notes to a banner displayed at the Never Forget Tribute at Daytona Memorial Park on Sunday.(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
Residents add thank-you notes to a banner displayed at the Never Forget Tribute at Daytona Memorial Park on Sunday.
(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Thousands of flags were on display at the park during the 15th anniversary service to honor the lives lost on 9/11. Nearly 3,000 died in the attacks.

The observance included an address by Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry.

Local first responders join in prayer during the service.
Local first responders join in prayer during the service.

Local military organizations and other elected officials also participated.

The event was presented by the Lohman Community Outreach, a program of Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation.

In attendance: Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood, Mayor Derrick Henry, Volusia County Chair Jason Davis and Dr. Willie Kimmons.
In attendance: Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood, Mayor Derrick Henry, Volusia County Chair Jason Davis and Dr. Willie Kimmons.

The tribute at the park included an art exhibit created by local youth reflecting on the 9/11 tragedy.

The artwork was created by students from area middle schools, scout troops and Boys & Girls Clubs.

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