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Walker County holds ceremony Friday morning remembering September 11th

Community members and first responders gathered this morning at the Walker County Court House in LaFayette Patriot Day service, remembering those who lost their lives 19 years ago resulting from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. Remembering the days after America was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, The public service began at 8:15 a.m. and included the ringing of a bell at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. to signify the moments when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Over 400 first responders lost their lives answering the call to help others on 9/11/01, while hundreds more have died of 9/11 related illnesses since that fateful day. Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield started with reading a proclamation recognizing Sept. 11, 2020, as Patriot Day in Walker County, encouraging citizens to observe the day with patriotism and pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Students from LaFayette High School’s JROTC and chorus programs will be participating in the program, along with Walker County Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Farrow, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, and LaFayette Fire Services and Emergency Management Director Stacey Meeks all spoke. Taps were performed by a Ridgeland High School student. Walker County Fire Rescue Chief Troy Brock spoke, asking that all Americans find their way back to the same understanding and unity we shared in the days following those horrific attacks.