On Sunday, September 11, the City of St. Augustine will continue its annual “Ceremony of Remembrance” tradition, a community gathering to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
Historic City News readers are encouraged to attend the ceremony at the St. Augustine Fire Department’s main station, 101 Malaga Street, on Sunday, September 11th at 8:30 a.m.
The city’s first Ceremony of Remembrance was held just two days after 9/11 and has continued each year on the anniversary of the attack.
Mayor Nancy Shaver and newly appointed St. Augustine Fire Chief Carlos Aviles will offer remarks. The 15-minute program will include a presentation of the colors by the St. Augustine Police Department Honor Guard, with Officers Caroline Drouin and Roy Smith, an invocation by Mark Samson, St. Augustine Police Department Public Information Officer, and musical presentations by St. Augustine Fire Department Engineer Ed Purtill.
The ceremony will conclude with a minute of silence at approximately 8:45 a.m., timed to coincide with the time the first plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Then, the St. Augustine Fire Department’s historic 1900 fire bell will ring 15 times, once for each year since 9/11.
Photo credits: © 2016 Historic City News contributed photograph by Raphael Cosme