As inclement weather continues to threaten, organizers for the In Honor and Remembrance Ceremony — originally set for Monday — recently announced the event will be rescheduled for Sept. 18 at 8:30 a.m.
Presented by the WoodmenLife’s Chapter 1975 in Adairsville and Bartow County government, the gathering will mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when four U.S. airplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing nearly 3,000 civilians and public safety personnel.
“We want everyone to feel a sense of unity and belonging to a country that is as wonderful and great as the United States of America,” Chapter 1975 President Shelby Adams said. “Sometimes we complain, but hopefully we know in our hearts that this is a country of love and togetherness — as we just witnessed with Hurricane Harvey. We want everyone to feel the respect and love for our flag. To know that America is a place where everyone can feel accepted and free because of the sacrifices of so many heroes down through the years.
“We hope everyone will enjoy the ceremony and remember the sacrifices made every day in this country by the brave men and women who are members of the first responders, police, firemen and military stationed all over the world.”
Open to the public, the program will take place on the grounds of the Bartow County Emergency Management Agency, 10 Elizabeth St. in Cartersville.
Along with the WoodmenLife chapter presenting a flag pole to the EMA, the service will feature a moment of silence, dedication of the flag and memorializing Sept. 11 victims, presentation of colors provided by Adairsville High School JROTC, a guest speaker and artifacts from ground zero. During the event, tattered flags also will be collected for a future flag retirement ceremony.
While Hurricane Irma forced the postponement of the In Honor and Remembrance Ceremony, organizers of another outdoor Sept. 11 commemoration event — the fourth annual March to the Mountain — called off their event, citing public safety concerns. Initially scheduled for Monday, the memorial walk would have spanned 6.5 miles, starting and concluding at Pine Mountain’s west loop.
“It is with deep sadness that we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2017 March to the Mountain 9/11 Memorial walk due to the threat of inclement weather,” according to a statement released to registered walkers Thursday by the event’s organizers — Dustin Dickens, Patrick Nelson, Brad Cowart and Erika Wyant. “We have been advised by our county leaders that harsh weather is very likely in our area, and public safety is our main concern. We are working quickly to notify each of our registrants, volunteers and sponsors of this change, and would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word.
“We look forward to next year’s march, and hope that you will join us. We are grateful for your support, and very thankful for your understanding.”