WATCH: 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina pays tribute to first responders and military

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Published: Sep. 5, 2022 at 10:07 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - This year marks 21 years since the 9/11 attacks in New York. The 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina is paying tribute to first responders and the military on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.

Organizers said the 21st Anniversary 9/11 Morning of Remembrance Ceremony scheduled it to take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The prelude began at 8:00 a.m. and the program started at 8:40 a.m.

Organizers wrote,

“As we recognize the 21th Anniversary of 9/11, Dan Hennigan, Chairman and Founder of the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation, retired United States Army veteran and an honorary Battalion Chief with the Fire Department of New York, will honor our heroes who were lost in the attacks of 9/11 and highlight the actions we have taken to ensure that we always remember and never forget the events of that tragic day. We will always remember.”

Other speakers included Governor Henry McMaster, CSM Fred Tolman, Jared Evans, Lieutenant (Retired) Peter Cestare, and Division Chief Will Broscious.

The speaking officers were impacted by 9/11 and were motivated to serve after the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony included a tribute at the times of each of the four plane strikes on Sept. 11, 2001.

A roll call of South Carolina’s fallen was provided by an honor guard, consisting of members of the military and first responders. There was flyover by the 169th Fighter Wing from McEntire and a helicopter unit provided by the State Law Enforcement Division and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Musical selections were provided by Tamara Waters, Deputy George Godfrey, the 246th Army Band, the White Knoll School Choir, and the Palmetto Pipes and Drums.

The ceremony was open and free to the public. It was also live streamed on Facebook.

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