Several law enforcement and military personnel will be on hand Sept. 11, 2013, for the annual 9/11 Remembrance ceremony in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
Memorializing the victims and military who lost their lives because of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks will be the theme of the annual 9/11 Remembrance event at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
The 12th annual event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial at the Sheriff’s Office, located at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro.
The memorial is centered on a 2,000-pound steel beam from Tower I in the World Trade Center.
Sheriff Robert Arnold said Rutherford County citizens are invited to join together as a community to remember the loss of lives.
“We will never forget the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the families who suffered from the terrorists’ actions,” Arnold said. “We also pay tribute to the military who died and those who served protecting our freedoms.”
For the first time, the Sheriff’s Office will partner with A Soldier’s Child, a Murfreesboro-based foundation formed by Executive Director Daryl Mackin to provide birthday presents to children whose military parents died defending the U.S. and citizens’ freedoms.
“Everyone remembers where they were when the terrorists attacked our country on Sept. 11, 2001,” Mackin said. “We also remember how as a country we rallied together to do what was necessary to insure 9/11 would never happen again. ‘Let's roll’ was the common phrase used at that time to endure and to keep moving forward as a nation.”
At A Soldier’s Child Foundation, that sentiment has never changed for the cause of children left behind, he said.
“The 9/11 Remembrance event accomplishes many things, most importantly, to never forget and to honor those who have paid the price for defending the freedoms and privileges we get to live out with our families,” Mackin said.
The event will include booths set up by nonprofit organizations and other community groups. Booth fees and other proceeds will be donated to A Soldier’s Child Foundation.
The event, Arnold said, is a free, family event. Inflatables and games will be available for children. Several restaurants and vendors will sell food, and bands will provide live music.
The main ceremony will be at 6 p.m. with a patriotic tribute.
People who plan to attend should park at the Expo Center on Park Avenue and ride Murfreesboro’s Rover bus to the Sheriff’s Office.