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Remembering 9/11: From the Carolinas To Ground Zero

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A day that will forever go down as one of the nation’s most tragic is being remembered Wednesday. A day that will forever go down as one of the nation’s most tragic is being remembered Wednesday.

A day that will forever go down as one of the nation’s most tragic is being remembered this week.

Wednesday marks 12 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Events have been scheduled from across the Carolinas to where the tragedies took place.

Local Events

Spartanburg County

The City of Inman remembered 9-11-2001 with a service Wednesday morning at 8:30 across from City Hall on Main Street Downtown Inman.

The Spartanburg County Prayer Coalition will sponsor the Proud of America 9/11 at the Spartanburg Court House. The event was held on the front steps of the courthouse at noon. People gathered in front of the courthouse to pray and remember those lost on September 11.

Mary Black Health System hosted the annual “America Remembers” ceremony Wednesday morning. The ceremony honored the memory of fallen Americans, honor servicemen and women, first responders, and others that fought against terrorism. Mary Black employees that served in the war were recognized. The American Legion Post 28 Honor Guard, members of Converse, Drayton, and Cowpens fire departments, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department, and Spartanburg Emergency Services were presented in the event.

Greenville County

Boiling Springs Fire District commemorated the 12th anniversary of 9/11 attacks with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the District’s headquarters located at 5020 Pelham Road in Greenville County. The District's chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Gary Rogers, made remarks and the ceremony closed with the reading of "The Firefighter's Prayer."

Langston Charter Middle School held a 9/11 Remembrance Assembly on Wednesday, September 11 at 2:15pm – 3:15pm. The middle school is located at 1950 Woodruff Rd. Greenville, SC 29607. Mrs. Barbara Cleland was the guest speaker of the event. As a witness of the attack, Mrs. Cleland had a great story and photos to share. Langston Charter Middle felt this was a great way for their children to learn, understand, and pay tribute to what happened to the victims of 9/11.

Habitat for Humanity Greenville held a "Foundations for Freedom," a 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance at The Gazebo on the Swamp Rabbit Trail on Main Street in Travelers Rest. The ceremony commemorated the sacrifice and loss of Americans from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2002. Afterwards, the public was invited to volunteer and construct two Habitat homes at 213 and 217 Gray Street in Travelers Rest until 4:30pm.

Twelve years after one of the nation's worst tragedies, Furman University students are remembering 9/11 with a show of unity. The Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow placed American Flags throughout the campus to remember those who lost their lives in the tragedies that took the lives of thousands in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. "Today, we remember not only those who lost their lives that tragic day but also the heroes from the events as well. We have placed a flag for each life lost during the attacks," said Stephen Edwards, Chief Academic Officer for CSBT. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by 9/11. As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said about Pearl Harbor, 9/11 will be "a date which will live in infamy." The flags will be on display through September 12 on Milford Mall in front of the James Buchanan Duke Library.

Henderson County

A memorial event was held in Hendersonville to honor the victims of Benghazi and the lost lives from the attack on the World Trade Center. The event was held in front of the Henderson County Historic Courthouse at noon. Grady Hawkins, Retired United States Air Force Colonel, and Mike Scruggs, a veteran of the Vietnam War, had special remarks during the ceremony. Also, the Sons of Liberty motorcyclists will be riding from Veteran’s Park in Columbus, NC to downtown Hendersonville to honor four Americans that lost their lives in Benghazi. The memorial event is open to the public, but the ride is restricted to motorcyclists only.

Pickens County

Pickens Country Courthouse hosted the 2013 "Cry Out America" 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and Prayer Service on Wednesday at 12 noon. Rev. Tony Edwards, Pickens County coordinator and pastor of Gap Hill Church of God said, "As we remember the horrific events twelve years ago, we want to not only honor those nearly 3,000 thousand Americans who lost their lives that day, but to unite in a shared voice of prayer to bring healing to America and to get help bring us out of the incredible mess we are in." This event has been held in all 50 states last year and the sixth year at Pickens, SC.

Laurens County

Forest Lawn Cemetery held a dedication ceremony to honor the heroic people who perished in the World Trade Center attack on September 11 in 2001. The event took place Wednesday at 765 E. Main Street. Laurens. A local clergy will participate in this event, along with musical presentations.

Buncombe County

A memorial ceremony was held at Lake Louise on Merrimon Avenue in Weaverville, NC to honor the first responders (Police, Firefighters, and EMS personnel). This is the first “Municipality-sponsored” 9/11 ceremony in North Carolina. On the behalf of Weaverville’s Mayor Al Root, the event will consist of music: the Reuter Community Singers and Asheville Fire Dept. Pipe and Drums Band. The Buncombe County Firefighters Honor Guard also participated.

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State Events

Speakers honor first responders at Sept. 11 event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Officials from the Columbia area are honoring the fallen firefighters, law enforcement personnel, K-9 troopers and U.S. military men and women on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Wednesday's event takes place at 5 p.m. at the memorial to the fallen next to Columbia's Metropolitan Visitors Center.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and South Carolina Public Safety Director Leroy Smith are making remarks.

A roll call for fallen heroes is also planned as well as the unveiling of a memorial to fallen K-9 troopers.

A flyover will include aircraft from the State Law Enforcement Division, the Lexington and Richland County sheriff's departments and the South Carolina National Guard.

Decorated US navy surgeon to speak at 9/11 dinner

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A decorated U.S. Navy surgeon is sharing his story at a Sept. 11 anniversary dinner.

Dr. Richard Jadick is the keynote speaker at a sold-out event Wednesday in Columbia that's raising money for Lexington Medical Center's health care programs.

Jadick earned the Bronze Star with a combat "V'' for valor for saving approximately 30 Marines during the 2004 Battle of Fallujah in Iraq.

In 2004, the Navy lieutenant commander volunteered to be a doctor with the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment. He is credited with setting up a makeshift emergency room amid enemy fire to treat the critically wounded. He treated hundreds during the battle and wrote about his experience in the book "On Call in Hell."

The "Doctor of Valor" event will also honor first responders and military members.

9/11 attacks marked in NC by troops, civilians

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AP) - The worst terrorist attack on American soil is being remembered in assorted ways by North Carolina's military and civilians.

The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks is being commemorated Wednesday with a host of memorial events including a day of service to honor the 9/11 victims, survivors and first responders.

Raleigh's Activate Good alliance is helping organize service projects including making pillows for breast cancer patients, painting homes with Habitat for Humanity, writing letters for the troops, and collecting food for a food pantry.

At Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the 4th Fighter Wing is scheduled to hold several memorial events. A ceremony slated for the base firehouse includes a 21-gun salute, a slideshow illustrating the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and several speakers.

North Myrtle Beach marks 9/11

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A sunset ceremony scheduled for North Myrtle Beach is marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The city is distributing 2,947 red, white and blue glow sticks Wednesday evening in memory of the number of victims who died in the attacks.

The event on the city horseshoe near the ocean will also feature a color guard, a 21-gun salute and the chiming of a fire bell. In addition, a memorial wreath will be set afloat on the ocean.

National Events

9/11 anniversary being marked with somber tributes

NEW YORK (AP) - The 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks has started with a solemn bell toll and a moment of silence at the World Trade Center site.

The moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday marked when the first plane hit the twin towers on a clear, sunny day in 2001. Then, families of the victims started reading aloud the names of those who died.

Christina Aceto (ah-SAY'-toh) read the name of her father, Richard Anthony Aceto. She says she misses her father every day.

A second bell tolled at 9:03 a.m. to mark when the second plane hit the twin towers. Then the reading of the names resumed.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Gov. George Pataki attended, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Anthony Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Obama marks Sept. 11 anniversary at White House, Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) - For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hangs over his observance today of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

During a ceremony at the Pentagon, he vowed to "defend our nation" against the threats that endure, even though they may be different than the ones that faced the country 12 years ago today.

He said, "Let us have the wisdom to know that while force is sometimes necessary, force alone cannot build the world we seek."

Among those gathered at the Pentagon were family members of those killed 12 years ago today. Many wore red, white and blue striped ribbons, and some cried as the president spoke.

Obama said, "Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been."

The president also paid tribute to the four Americans who were killed one year ago today in an attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. He asked the country to pray for those who "serve in dangerous posts."

Obama began the day with a somber remembrance at the White House. Along with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, Obama stood on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Flight 93 passengers, crew honored at memorial

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The names of passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 have been read aloud by relatives and bells have been tolled in their honor on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Amid a gentle breeze Wednesday, more than 200 people at the Flight 93 National Memorial heard the names of the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died in the crash.

Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was hijacked with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol.

As passenger Todd Beamer issued the rallying cry "Let's roll," he and several fellow passengers rushed down the airliner's aisle to try to overwhelm the hijackers after learning of the coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The 9/11 Commission concluded that the hijackers downed the plane as the hostages revolted.

9/11 museum unveils Survivor Tree seedling program

NEW YORK (AP) - The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a seedling program based on the Survivor Tree, a pear tree pulled from the World Trade Center rubble after 9/11.

The museum says seedlings from the tree will be sent to what it calls "resilient communities" that embody "the spirit of the Survivor Tree."

Three communities have been selected for the inaugural launch.

They are Boston, in honor of the marathon bombing in April that killed three people and injured more than 260; Prescott, Ariz., for the 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in June; and the Far Rockaways in New York City, which were devastated last year by Superstorm Sandy.

Representatives from each community will attend a ceremony Wednesday at Citi Field to announce the program.

9/11 Ceremony Will Be A Quiet 'Last' For Mayor

NEW YORK (AP) - When this year's Sept. 11 anniversary ceremony unfolds at ground zero, the mayor who has helped orchestrate the observances from their start will be watching for his last time in office. And saying nothing.

Like last year, no politicians will speak. That includes Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

As mayor and chairman of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, Bloomberg has overseen every such observance. And he has sometimes tangled with victims' relatives, religious leaders and other elected officials.

But his administration has tried to keep the commemoration centered on the attacks' victims and their families and relatively free of political image-making.

Memorial organizers expect to take primary responsibility for the ceremony next year. They say they plan to keep it focused on the families.

Thousands To Volunteer To Honor Sept. 11 Victims

NEW YORK (AP) - Thousands of volunteers will honor Sept. 11 victims Wednesday with good deeds performed around the globe.

The anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.

This year, a constellation of volunteer networks around the world will spread goodwill through volunteerism to honor those who died.

Public volunteer projects in New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and other cities will convene at firehouses and fire academies to honor first responders by painting and cleaning the facilities.

On the website, thousands of people have pledged to perform a good deed on Sept. 11.

Among other things, people have pledged to give blood, donate books, pass out blankets at homeless shelters and volunteer at soup kitchens.

Fire Truck Damaged On 9/11 On Display At Fort Knox

FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) - A fire truck damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack at the Pentagon is going on permanent display at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

The explosion from the commercial jetliner that struck the Pentagon melted a section of the truck and sent the three firefighters manning the vehicle scrambling for safety. The truck will be at the Gen. George S. Patton Museum and Center of Leadership.

Patton Museum Curator Nathan Jones says the truck will be part of a display highlighting leadership issues that arose from the attacks.

On Tuesday, the three firefighters saw the truck for the first time since the terror attacks.

Firefighter Mark Skipper says the men have formed a "special bond" over the past 12 years.

9/11 Responders Far From NYC Seek Compensation

NEW YORK (AP) - They weren't exposed to anywhere near the same level of ash, grit and fumes.

But some emergency workers who responded to the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside on 9/11 are signing up for the same compensation and health care benefits being offered to New Yorkers who got sick after toiling in the dust of the World Trade Center.

Federal officials say at least 91 people from the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania sites have applied for payment from a multibillion-dollar fund for people with an illness related to the attacks.

There's little medical evidence that those responders were exposed to unusual environmental hazards or are getting sick in large numbers, but officials are urging some responders to enroll as a precaution.

More than 24,000 applied for compensation for ground zero work.

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