September 8, 2011
FORT JACKSON,S .C. -- Friday, Fort Jackson will take time to remember first responders and service members who gave their lives in Sept. 11 rescue efforts during a wreath-laying ceremony at Post Headquarters. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and will serve as recognition of the many people who worked together to save lives during the tragic day 10 years ago.
In the past, Fort Jackson has observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Sept. 11, but as time moves on, a more significant ceremony seemed appropriate.
"We want a way to come together and show how much we appreciate everyone who sacrificed and everyone still sacrificing today," said Sgt. Maj. Timothy Webb, with the post's G3 office. "We will have a fireman, EMS, DA Police and Soldier representative to participate in laying the wreath with the CG and post sergeant major. We're recognizing everyone because everyone played a part."
The ceremony is also a way for members of the community to come and show their respect to those who gave their lives.
"I think it's great that they will have this ceremony," said Maya Powell, a Fort Jackson family member. "We just got here, and it's nice to know that wherever you go, there will always be the military family coming together to support each other and remember all the precious lives lost."
The ceremony will include a message from the post commander, performances by the 282nd Army Band, and static displays from the different emergency response services on Fort Jackson to represent the rescue personnel being remembered. To close the event, a squad will render a 21-gun salute.
"The goal is for this to give people a chance to honor those we lost and those still fighting," Webb said. "We had a nice crowd come last year, including the VFW, and we just hope that people will come and support this special event again."