MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There are a number of events to commemorate the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 when thousands of Americans lost their lives in a terrorist attack.
The North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue is holding the 9/11 Memorial Beach Walk. Details from their Facebook page below:
For Firefighters, Law Enforcement, EMS, Military Personnel who plan on participating in the Annual 9/11 MemorialBeach Walk Tomorrow:
- We will be meeting on the strand behind the Beach Cove Resort at 4800 South Ocean Blvd between 0830-0845 hours. Vehicles can be parked at any of the City Beach Access Points. Beach Cove Resort also allows parking at their overflow lot on the corner of 48th Ave South & Ocean Blvd. Please ensure vehicles are legally parked and not parked in any other private lot unless permission is obtained from the owner.
- Inspector J Ortiz will conduct a Morning Dedication & Prayer at 0900 hours and the walk will begin shortly after.
- If you are wearing Firefighter Bunker Gear, please remove the inner thermal lining to prevent heat exhaustion. Please wear comfortable shoes instead of boots.
-Transportation will be provided back to vehicles upon completion of the walk.
- Anyone traveling in multiple vehicles wishing to park one vehicle at the finish point and one at the starting point can park around the area of 5900 North Ocean Blvd. Again please ensure vehicles are legally parked and not on any private property without owner permission.
-The Walk is roughly 8 miles along the beachfront.
For Spectators wishing to watch along the route.
We will begin the walk shortly after 9:00 am from 4800 South Ocean Blvd.
We will be posting live position updates via our Twitter Account @NMBFireRescueSC as we did last year.
Feel free to come out take pictures, say hello and cheer everyone on.
The FDNY Coastal Retiree's Association has a day of events planned:
- 8 a.m. Memorial Mass at Our Lady of the Sea Roman Church, 1100 8th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC (Hwy 17 and 8th Ave N).
- 9:00 a.m. Blessing of the Steel after Mass
- 10:00 a.m. Motorcade to Brunswick County Community College. A motorcade consisting of motorcycles, automobiles and Emergency vehicles will leave from the Our Lady of Sea Roman Catholic Church for an escorted procession to Brunswick County Community College.
- 11:00 a.m. FDNY-CRA Annual 9/11 Memorial Service at Victory Gardens, Brunswick Community College. This service will be steeped in Fire Department Tradition including laying of a wreath, ringing of the 5-5-5-5-5 bells, and the raising of the flag that flew over Ground Zero during rescue and recovery operations.
- Noon luncheon at Silver Coast Winery. Cost: $13.00 per person, $25.00 per couple.
- 6:00 p.m. FDNY-CRA will participate in the Annual 9/11 Memorial Wreath Ceremony on Main Street, North Myrtle Beach.
- After a full day of activities a well deserved R & R at Flynn's Irish Pub, Main Street, N. Myrtle Beach.
Below is a news release with details about the Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial Remembrance Ceremony:
Public Welcome Free of Charge
(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – The Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial will hold its annual remembrance ceremony on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. on the 29th Avenue side of Broadway at the Beach.
The public is invited to attend the event free of charge.
The annual ceremony is hosted by the friends of the Unity Memorial and the Chicora District of the Pee Dee Area Council, BSA, and the featured speakers will include retired New York City Firefighter John J. Waters III.
The 9-11 shrine is bookended by the Unity Memorial and a mounted piece of steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center that was given to the Myrtle Beach tourism community by retired FDNY members.
The Unity Memorial was conceived by members of Cub Scout Pack 891 in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedy. They brought together Scouts, individuals and businesses from the Grand Strand to erect a monument to remember the way Americans stood together in the days following the tragedy.
The ribbon beam from the World Trade Center is mounted at the opposite end of the memorial, a timeline surrounding it walking visitors through the tragic day's events.
The inscription on one of the plaques located on the pump house sums up the purpose for the Unity Memorial, and that is "The tragic events of September 11, 2001 remain a dark memory for America. Yet, in the days that followed these events, Americans stood side by side in unprecedented numbers to remember the souls lost, heal the wounded, repair the damage and resolve that freedom must always prevail in the face of terror and tyranny."?
In the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, the Myrtle Beach tourism community hosted countless first responders to provide them a respite from the work of restoring Ground Zero, and MBGH launched the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, forging a relationship with the FDNY and its membership that continues to this day.
As a show of appreciation for the friendship, a piece of ribbon beam from the North Tower was presented to MBGH in May 2011, leading to the completion of the Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial.
In North Myrtle Beach, there will be a candlelight vigil from 7 p.m. through 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Horseshoe on Main Street. The ceremony will end with a 21 gun salute and the chiming of the fire bell. A memorial wreath will also be set afloat on the ocean.
The Bethea Baptist Retirement Community will host First Responders Appreciation Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location and details here: http://events.wmbfnews.com/First_Responders_Appreciation_Day/289254632.html
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