Henry County Fire Department Honor Guard to Present Colors at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on September 11th
The Henry County Honor Guard will present colors and lead in the honors in a ceremony commemorating on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. On September 11th, 2011 the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the tenth anniversary memorial of the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and flight 93 over Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The ceremony will be held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at 1000 Indian Springs Dr., Forsyth, Georgia. The service is set to begin at 1 p.m. in the courtyard of the main building, weather permitting. The facility will be open to the public so that all may come and pay their respects for those lost that day.
This year’s event will be the fourth consecutive year that the Henry County Fire Department Honor Guard has been requested to lead in the honors and present the colors for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in New York’s World Trade Center Building, at The Pentagon, and in Western Pennsylvania, on that tragic day in 2001.
The ceremony will include the traditional ringing of the last alarm, a twenty-one gun salute, two retired pieces of apparatus from FDNY and a pass and review of the guard along with the culmination of several motorcycle rides. More than forty Honor Guards from both law enforcement and the fire service from across the state have been invited to participate in the event. This event has the potential to be the largest gathering of public safety Honor Guards in the state of Georgia history.
Invited guest speakers include Governor Nathan Deal, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of the 3rd Congressional District, Brenda and William Rabbit (District of Columbia Fire Department, Ret.) who responded to the attack at the Pentagon.
Locally, a tenth anniversary Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony will be held in Locust Grove to remember the victims and honor the heroes of that tragic day.
Henry County Sheriff, Keith McBrayer, will speak at the ceremony and the Henry County Sheriff Department’s Honor Guard will be presenting the colors. Officers from the Henry County Police Department will also attend and represent each Special Operations Unit, including Motors, Traffic, K-9, COPS and H.E.A.T.
The Candlelight Service in Locust Grove will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 7 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall, which is located at 3644 Highway 42.
For more information on Locust Grove’s Candlelight ceremony, call 770.957.5043.For more information on the ceremony being held at the Georgia Public Training Center in Forsythe, contact Lt. Travis L. Miller with the Henry County Fire Department at 404-310-3461 or Tiffany Andrews with Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce at 478-994-9239.
Note: Media planning to attend the Forsythe ceremony should contact Lt. Travis Miller at 404-310-3461. This will ensure admittance into the training center.