Events planned to keep memories alive for 9/11
by JONATHAN GRASS
Sep 10, 2009 | 1554 views |  1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TALLADEGA COUNTY — Today marks the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, an event some wish they could forget, but others feel is important to remember.

Those who wish to commemorate the anniversary with the students of Charles R. Drew Middle School in Lincoln can join in the school’s third annual Freedom Walk.

Participants trek a 2-mile perimeter around the school while recognizing local fire and rescue personnel, police and military. The Freedom Walk will commence at the school today at 1 p.m.

Principal Rhonda Lee said the students and participants will also honor the victims of the infamous attacks and local military personnel, both active and retired. She said the walk is a great way to promote patriotism while getting some exercise.

“It’s a great thing,” Lee said. “Our police and fire people here in Lincoln usually help us and participate with us. We’ve had a number of people from the community in the past come and help us and we really hope we’ll have that again.”

The Freedom Walk is the brainchild of the Time Travelers, Drew Middle School’s history club. Proceeds and donations of the day will go toward the club’s cause.

Those who wish to commemorate the day with others may also do so in the evening. Sycamore United Methodist Church on Village Street in Sycamore will host a remembrance service at 6:30 p.m. It will be open to all who wish to attend.

The evening of prayers and songs will honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and their families. The service is also a tribute to local first responders for emergencies, such as police, firefighters, county patrol, ambulance services and paramedics.

Pastor Jeff Spotts said the service will include a color guard ceremony by the Talladega County Volunteer Fire Association plus a tribute video. An open reception will follow the service.

“We have to remind ourselves not to forget this day. As Christians, we have a duty to pray about what happened,” Spotts said. “This is something that changed the world. It was an attack on all humans. All races and religions were affected that day.”

This is the second year the church has held this event. Spotts said there was a good turnout last year, and he is encouraged by the fact that so many still want to pay their respects to those involved in the tragic events eight years ago.