Memorial services set for 9-11

    Two local events will mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

    Andrews Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7620, Murphy American Legion Post 96 and the U.S. Marine Corps League, Cherokee Detachment 1011, will hold a memorial ceremony at Veterans Park in Andrews at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. The veterans organizations will unveil the park’s new flagpoles, which represent the branches of the U.S. military.
    As the flags are revealed, the hymns of each respective branch will play. The ceremony include as guest speakers Cherokee County Commissioner Cal Stiles, Andrews Mayor James Reid and Murphy American Legion Chaplain J.D. Baker.
    Larry Thunderwolf Limon, commander of the Murphy American Legion post, said the ceremony will encourage participation from students of Andrews Elementary and other schools. While Limon doesn’t expect all of the students to remember the ceremony years later, he hopes it will leave an impression on at least one child.
    “We want them to be involved because they’re the next generation of soldiers, sailors and Marines,” he said. “We want them to have pride in their country, community and what they do. If we can mentor them even at the smallest level, that would make a difference.”
    Tri-County Community College also will recognize 9/11 by holding a Patriot Day memorial ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in front of the McSwain Building flagpole on its main campus in Peachtree. The college welcomes all members of the public to attend, especially local public safety personnel.
    People will receive the chance to view a recovered piece of steel from the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, which was bestowed upon the college as a memorial to the 2,966 people who died in the terrorist attacks.
    “Our annual memorial event allows us the opportunity to come together as a college and community, to not only pause and reflect on those who lost their lives or were injured on Sept. 11, 2001, but also recognize the freedoms we have in this great country,” college vice president Bo Gray said in a release.