9/11 ceremony set at National Infantry Museum
August 24, 2011
FORT BENNING, Ga., Aug. 24, 2011 -- Thousands of flags surrounding a beam from the World Trade Center will cover the front lawn at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center on Sept. 11, as the museum commemorates the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America and celebrates the nation's resilience. A day of activities is planned to pay tribute to America's military, police, fire and civilian heroes.
A motorcycle poker run and remembrance starts at 8 a.m. at the museum at 8 a.m. Riders will pass police and fire stations surrounding Fort Benning on a ride that mimics the timeline of the morning of 9/11.
The centerpieces of the day are the steel WTC beam, which was delivered to the museum in September 2009 by members of the New York Fire Department, and the Field of Flags with each flag representing one of the 2,937 victims of 9/11.
Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will deliver remarks to honor our men and women in uniform at the start of the event that runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Red Cross will hold a "Badges for Life" Blood Drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Benning Emergency Services will have their Smoke & Storm Trailer to teach people about fire escape and storm protection. The Columbus police will have a course for participants to learn about driving under the influence. The robot, Officer Scott, will greet attendees, and a variety of public safety vehicles will be on display for people to explore.
Other events include search-and-rescue dog demonstrations by South Georgia Search Dogs Inc., teamwork exercises, a scavenger hunt and crafts for kids. Local singers and musicians will provide patriotic music throughout the day.
The IMAX theater will also feature a special movie about Rick Rescorla called The Man Who Predicted 911. Rescorla, a Vietnam veteran, is memorialized with a monument on the grounds of the museum. As security chief for Morgan Stanley, his actions saved thousands of lives in the World Trade Center.
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