Rissa Arias
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Public invited to Sept. 11 memorials

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Sept. 11, 2007 will mark the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93. Area high school students and East Naples fire and EMS personnel will take part in commemorative services to honor those who died in the attacks.

Counting firefighters, police, tower workers, and passengers on the doomed airliners, the death toll from the attacks was over 3,000 people. Another 44 people died on a fourth hijacked airliner, Flight 93, which crashed in a field near Pittsburgh.

In remembrance of those who died in the attacks, Golden Gate High School students, personnel and local emergency responders will hold a 9-11 Commemorative Service at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the courtyard of the Golden Gate Government Center, next to the Community Center on Golden Gate Parkway.

Members of the GGHS marching band will play taps in memory of those who lost their lives to the Sept. 11 attacks. The school choir will lead the national anthem and the JROTC color guard will present the colors.

Members of the Golden Gate Fire & Rescue District, the Golden Gate Sheriff’s Substation, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) will attend and take part in the service. A bell service will be conducted in memory of firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. A memorial wreath will be presented in memory of all lives lost that day.

The public is invited to attend. Limited seating will be provided. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

For more information on the Golden Gate service, call the Collier Citizen at 213-6074.

Evening service

The North Naples Fire District and Collier County emergency response agencies will hold a public memorial service at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Worship Center of the First Baptist Church of Naples, 3000 Orange Blossom Drive and Livingston Road..

This year’s service will feature the reuniting of civilian Josephine Harris and New York Deputy Fire Chief Jay Jonas, who both survived the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

In addition, former American Airlines flight attendant Rick Richardson will pay tribute to the flight crew of American Airlines Flight 11. Richardson trained nine members of that flight crew, all of whom died in the crash.

Patriotic music will be provided by the Barron Collier High School Symphonic Band and the National Anthem will be sung by Rissa Arias.

An invocation will be given by senior pastor, Hayes Wicker, First Baptist Church of Naples.

Local artist Gerald LaDue and Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle will discuss the Collier County Freedom Memorial.

For more information, call service organizer Jerry Sanford, of the North Naples Fire District, at 597-3222.

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