Governor Ivey, Wiregrass cities honor 9/11 anniversary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement reflecting on Sept. 11, 2001, one of America’s “darkest days”:
"September 11, 2001 will forever be marked as one of our country’s darkest days, as it changed our lives forever. Almost two decades later, we still grieve the loss of the nearly 3,000 American lives and continue to honor the memory of our friends, loved ones and family who were simply passengers on a flight, folks going to work, and police officers and first responders serving their community.
"Today reminds us that who we are as people and a nation is much bigger than anything that can divide us. On a day that was meant to break our country, these evil acts only served as a means to unify our country more than ever.
"My hope and prayer for our country is that we never forget those who were lost and the sacrifices we made in the days that followed. Strangers helping others find safety fleeing danger, first responders literally carrying our nation on their backs, and the grief we collectively shared will inevitably be a part of remembering 9/11.
“As this great nation continues to forge on, may the loved ones who feel the pain of this day know we have not forgotten our heroes, and we will never forget September 11, 2001. May God continue to bless those who mourn, the great state of Alabama, and these United States of America!”
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The City of Geneva paying tribute to one of their own who lost his life 19 years ago during the attack on our nation.
Dr. Carl Max Hammond was on United Flight 175 when it crashed into the second tower of the World Trade Center.
Friday morning the city held their third annual 9-11 ceremony.
The event held at Fowler Park where a permanent memorial sits in Hammond’s honor.
Hammond earned his doctorate in physics and had a job doing top-secret research at the time of his death.
His parents who resided in Geneva at the time have since passed away.
Several of Hammond’s family members were on hand for the event.
Thanks to Melanie Brown for sending WTVY the video of the ceremony below.
City of Enterprise remembers victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks
The victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., are being remembered today on the 19th anniversary of the worst attack ever on American soil.
Mayor William E. Cooper signed a proclamation this week designating today as Patriot Day. City Councilman Eugene Goolsby, seated, presented the proclamation to Fire Chief Byron Herring, left, and Firefighter Scott Stewart Friday morning on behalf of the Mayor and a city grateful for the service and sacrifice of its first responders in the Police and Fire Departments, local rescue squads, hospital personnel and of course, military men and women at Fort Rucker and throughout the country.
The proclamation asks for continuing prayers for the families of the victims and for thanks and prayers for the first responders and military personnel who proved their dedication and selflessness on 9-11 and who continue to serve across the nation. The proclamation content is attached. Mayor Cooper is recovering from the Coronavirus at home and is doing well. He expects to return to work Monday, but he expressed his appreciation and honor for first responders, victims and the unity of our nation during the 9-11 disaster and beyond.