Two children of fallen soldiers will celebrate birthdays during the annual 9-11 Remembrance event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro .
Sheriff Robert Arnold said the Sheriff’s Office is partnering with A Soldier’s Child Foundation during the annual 9-11 event to remember citizens, emergency responders and soldiers who lost their lives after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists’ attacks on U.S. soil.
“We will always remember those innocent victims and the emergency responders who died during the terrorists’ attacks,” Sheriff Arnold said. “We will always remember the soldiers who died defending America . We memorialize these victims during this community event.”
A Soldier’s Child Foundation, a Murfreesboro-based foundation formed by executive director Daryl Mackin, provides birthday presents to children whose military parents died defending the U.S. and citizens’ freedoms.
“We remember how as a country we rallied together to do what was necessary to insure 911 would never happen again,” Mackin said.
“At A Soldier's Child Foundation, that sentiment has never changed for the cause of children left behind,” the director said. “The 911 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.”
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.
Sheriff Arnold said this is a free, family event. Inflatables and games will be available for children. Emergency responders will display equipment. Several restaurants and vendors will sell food. Bands Zone Status and the Leonard Brothers will provide live music.
The main ceremony will be at 6 p.m. with a patriotic tribute.
Visitors are asked to park at the Mid-Tenn Expo Center on Park Avenue and ride the Rover bus to and from the event. Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy stated...