Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and local groups are commemorating 9/11 in a number of ways.
While some events took place Saturday there are 9/11 observances set for today, including East Liberty County American Legion Post’s annual 9/11 Observance at the Midway Fire Department on East Oglethorpe Highway.
The observance begins at 5 p.m., and the post’s members will follow with a flag retirement and disposal ceremony. The public is urged to attend the 9/11 observance to show support for law enforcement and public safety personnel, and the military, according to Post Commander Dennis Fitzgerald. In addition, anyone who has worn out American flags are asked to bring them to the flag retirement ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.
Also today, Bryan County’s second annual Walk 2 Remember 343 event begins at 8 a.m. at Devaul Henderson Park in Richmond Hill. This walk honors the 343 New York fire fighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
Saturday, Hinesville American Legion Post 168 held a blood drive in honor of 9/11 and the Vietnam Veterans of America held a pancake breakfast at the post prior to the blood drive.
On Fort Stewart, Taylors Creek Golf Course hosted its 3ID First Responder Tribute Golf Tournament.
What’s more, if you see flags at half staff today, that’s as it should be. Public Law 107-89 designates Sept. 11 as Patriot Day. A presidential proclamation issued each year calls on "all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001."
In addition, people are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day.