Sept. 11 ceremony slated for Sunday

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

A special ceremony will take place at the Yadkin County Park in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the tragic terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks at the Pentagon and World Trade Towers.

“September 11, 2001, is a day that changed our nation, and the world, as we mark the passage of yet another year, we have committed to ‘Never Forget,’” said Danny Smith, who will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. “We would like to invite the community to join us in honoring the victims and commemorating the anniversary of 9/11 here in Yadkin County. By marking the anniversary, our community is playing an important role in memorializing those who were killed, honoring the sacrifices of the first responders, and recapturing the spirit of service and community that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11.”

The ceremony is slated for 2 .m. on Sunday at the park located at 6600 Service Road, behind the Yadkin Family YMCA. Veterans and law enforcement and emergency personnel will be recognized at the event.

The event will include music from local performers including Yadkinville Police Department Detective Dawn Pardue and David Vestal. Speakers for the ceremony will include Yadkin County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin, Emergency Services Operations Manager James Collins, Fire Chiefs Association President Ronnie Boles, Sheriff Ricky Oliver as well as local veterans Larry Crews, David Shore and Tim Kelly.

The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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