NEVER FORGET: City to commemorate 20th anniversary of 9-11 with ceremony
The City of Florence will remember the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 on Saturday during a gathering at the 9/11 Memorial in Florence Veterans Park. The program is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Florence Fire Chief Shannon Tanner is heading up the ceremony and U.S. Air Force Col. (Ret.) Wayne Jackson will serve as the event's master of ceremonies while the Veterans Honor Guard will be on hand for a 21-gun salute and taps.
Barry Jones, who was in the Pentagon when it was attacked, will be the guest speaker.
At 8:46 a.m. the ceremony will mark a moment of silence and doves will be released.
The 9-11 Memorial was unveiled and dedicated during a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack.
The memorial was created by Florence artist Alex Palkovich. Two steel beams representing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers serve as the base of the sculpture.
Resting atop in the beams is a five-sided design that represents the Pentagon building in Washington D.C. At the center of the design is a piece of granite that was salvaged from the wreckage of the Pentagon following the attack.
Welders from Florence’s ESAB Corporation donated more than 300 hours to put Palkovich’s steel-and-stone memorial together.
The marker at the foot of the memorial states “This monument contains limestone damaged in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was recovered from the West façade of the Pentagon and is placed in remembrance of the 2,977 individuals killed in the attacks on our homeland: 184 perished at the Pentagon; 40 were lost in Flight 93 in Pennsylvania; and 2,753 died in New York at the World Trace Center.
“The events of Sept. 11 changed our nation forever. By placing this stone, #ES 76, which as part of the original Pentagon built in 1942, we hereby recognize the heroic first responders and salute the men and women of our armed forces and their enduring spirit of freedom”.