By: LJ Hatcher & Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
Twelve years ago American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, signaling the start of what was and remains one the greatest tragedies the nation has ever known.
Rome will honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 victims who died on September 11th Wednesday at the Peace Officers Memorial at the Law Enforcement Complex Downtown. The ceremony, organized by the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers and Rome Fire Department, will last 12 minutes, beginning exactly at 8:40 am.
Rome City Police Chief Elaine Snow says the ceremony is not only about remembering those who were killed that day but to allow local citizens to continue to heal from the tragedy;
“We jointly put this agenda and program together each year to just remember those who lost their lives, the tragic events that occurred that day, but also to remember the impact that it had on us as citizens…those of us who did survive…those of us who were fortunate and were here not up there. We don’t ever want to forget.”
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church will ring their bells at 8:46, the exact moment the North Tower was struck.
District Attorney Leigh Patterson will ask the crowd to observe a moment of silence, after which Reverend David Campbell will give a Prayer of Remembrance. The brief service is scheduled to end at exactly 8:52 am.
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