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 Sept. 11 at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.
The 12th annual 9-11 Remembrance event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the 9-11 Memorial at the Sheriff’s Office at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro . The Memorial is centered on a 2,000-pound steel beam from Tower 1 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,” Sheriff 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 September 11th 2001,” Mackin said. “We also remember how as a country we rallied together to do what was necessary to insure 911 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,” 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. Several restaurants and vendors will sell food. Bands will provide live music.
The main ceremony will be at 6 p.m. with a patriotic tribute. WGNS' Bart Walker will serve as emcee for this segment of the evening.
Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy told us you can park in the Expo Center parking lot on Park Avenue on the night of the event and receive a ride from Rover to the Sheriff’s Office.
Event sponsors include First National Bank of McMinnville, Rover of Murfreesboro, WGNS and Swanson.