Patriot Day events planned to honor lives lost on September 11

Patriot Day events planned to honor lives lost on September 11

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – On Friday, Patriot Day, people around the nation and right here at home will be remembering the lives that were lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Myrtle Beach community will recognize the September 11 anniversary by holding a remembrance ceremony on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Unity Memorial on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, according to a news release from the City of Myrtle Beach.

Attendees will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center tower.

In 2011, New York City firefighters gave Myrtle Beach a steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Center for the hospitality they received here in the months following the attacks; the beam is featured at the Unity Memorial, adjacent to the Twin Towers fountain created by the Cub Scouts, according to the release.

The release states Mitchell Laurance, actor and Conway resident, will be the master of ceremonies and Warren Forsythe, who worked on FDNY's Rescue 1 during the terrorists attacks, will be the guest speaker. Natasha McKinnon will be singing the national anthem and the Carolina Master Chorale will perform.

The ceremony is being sponsored by Golf Holiday, Scouts from the Pee Dee Area Council and the City of Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach Public Safety personnel is asking the public to join them when they meet on the beach at 48th Avenue South at 9 a.m. Friday for their annual walk to honor the countless first responders and military personnel who responded on September 11, and those who continue to fight in the war on terrorism.

In 2011, on the 10th anniversary of September 11, public safety officials elected to walk the entire stretch of North Myrtle Beach dressed from head to toe in the same gear and equipment as their fellow brothers and sisters used the day they lost their lives, according to a news release from North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue.

The walk continues each year to provide an avenue for North Myrtle Beach employees, residents, and visitors to remember the victims of the attacks on September 11.

If you are interested in donating water, Gatorade or Powerade for this event, please contact Justin Martin at NMBFR at or (843)-424-1307.

The Florence Veterans Park will honor Veterans and pay tribute to First Responders at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Florence Veterans Park located at 601 Woody Jones Blvd, according to a news release from FVP.

The Park will add its newest monument, a tribute to the Merchant Marine, during the event.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn or beach chairs because seating is limited, the release states.

Also, United Way will be hosting its Day of Caring on September 11.

The United Way expects about 300 volunteers in about a dozen projects across the county, according to a news release from United Way.

Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson will host the 3rd Annual Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson 9/11 Memorial Ride. The cost is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the first 250 riders will receive a commemorative pin.

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The North Myrtle Beach Lions Club will welcome individuals to the city by waving American flags on North Myrtle Beach Bridges throughout the day to commemorate victims.

An evening ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Horseshoe located at the end of Main Street.

For more information call (843) 399-1111.

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