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I'M BRITTINY BARBER, AND THIS IS AN EYEWITNESS NEWS WEBCAST AT SIX.
PEOPLE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AND ACROSS THE NATION GATHERED TO REMEMBER AND HONOR THE LIVES LOST TEN YEARS AGO TODAY... ON SEPTEMBER 11TH... 2001.
HUNDREDS GATHERED AT THE GEORGIA PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING CENTER THIS AFTERNOON FOR A REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY.
IT FEATURED A SALUTE... AND MORE THAN 40 HONOR GUARDS FROM AROUND THE STATE.
LIEUTENANT TRAVIS MILLER WITH THE HENRY COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT HELPED ORGANIZE THE EVENT.
HE SAYS OUT OF THE FOUR YEARS THEY'VE HOSTED THE EVENT.... THEY HAD THEIR HIGHEST ATTANDANCE AND THE MOST HONOR GUARDS COME OUT TODAY.
MILLER SAYS IT WAS FOR ALL MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM.
"Up until a couple of years ago, it's generally been thought it's been a firefighter's day of mourning, but it wasn't just about the firefighters, it was about the police officers, paramedics, EMTs. They all lost their lives responding to and doing their duty on that day. As the buildings were coming down, they were running in."
AS PART OF THE CEREMONY... THE FORSYTH-MONROE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ORGANIZED A MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR THE 411 PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS WHO DIED ON 9-11.
MAJOR WALLACE COLE HOGAN WAS ONE WITH THE NEARLY THREE-THOUAND PEOPLE WHO LOST THIER LIVES ON 9-11.... AND THE ONLY PERSON FROM MACON WHO DIED THAT DAY.
HOGAN WAS A VICTIM OF THE ATTACK ON THE PENTAGON.
AND TODAY... RIVERSIDE CEMETARY HELD A REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY FOR HIM....
PEOPLE FROM AROUND MIDDLE GEORGIA CAME OUT TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE HOGAN FAMILY....
FOUR DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS LEADERS SPOKE AT THE EVENT TO PROMOTE REMEMBERANCE... UNITY... PASSION... AND HEALING.
LATER.. A WREATH LAYING CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT HOGAN'S MARKER.
FAMILY FRIENDS SAY THE CEREMONY SERVED AS A COLLECTIVE REMEBERANCE OF EVERYTHING LOST ON 9-11.
AMANDA UPSHAW "I just think it's so important to remember his sacrifice and where he was that day and that this person came from Macon. It's true what Robert Hughes said that he's just a model for all of us to aspire to living in his example."
MAJOR HOGAN IS BURIED AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY.
HIS FAMILY PLACED A MARKER FOR HIM AT RIVERSIDE CEMETARY TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS.
AT LAKE TOBESOFKEE'S ARROWHEAD PARK... LEADERS AND VOLUNTEERS GATHERED THIS MORNING TO DEDICATE A MEMORIAL TO FIRST RESPONDERS IN HONOR OF 9-11.
VOLUNTEER MACON SPEARHEADED TO PROJECT.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GIGI ROLFES SAYS.... WHAT STARTED OUT AS A FLAG POLE WITH A FEW AZALEAS... ENDED UP AS A 40-THOUSAND DOLLAR PROJECT THAT WAS PAID FOR WITH VOLUNTEER LABOR AND DONATIONS.
BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAY... THE MEMORIAL IS A SYMBOL OF THE UNITY... SERVICE... AND RESILLIENCE THE NATION SAW AFTER 9-11.
David Davis "We hope that people when they will certainly remember those lives lost on 9/11, the commitment of those people who give their all to protect others and as a reminder that every day there are people out there protecting our community and protecting others."
Sam Hart "This park was rebuilt after themothers day storm so that's a good symbol to have here because it's again, the nation rebuilding after 9/11 so i think it's very fitting and apropriate place to put this memorial."
ROLFES SAYS IT TOOK ROUGHLY 300 VULUNTEERS ABOUT A WEEK TO PUT TOGETHER THE MEMORIAL.
SHE SAYS IT WAS PART OF A NATION-WIDE "I WILL" CAMPAIGN THAT ASKED PEOPLE TO HONOR 9/11 WITH PUBLIC SERVICE.
AND IN MILLEDGEVILLE..... GEORGIA COLLEGE HELD A CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON...TO REMEMBER THE FOUR GEORGIANS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE ATTACKS.
PEOPLE FILLED THE COLLEGE'S FRONT CAMPUS... TO PAY TRIBUTE TO VICTIMS... AS WELL AS FIRE... POLICE... AND E-M-S MEMBERS.
THEY PAUSED FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REFLECT... THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY A PERSONAL STORY FROM A GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENT WHO LOST HIS UNCLE IN THE 9-11 ATTACKS.
ORGANIZER KENDALL STILES SAYS IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO PAUSE AND REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST.
Kendall Stiles coordinator think the biggest thing is is just remember what happened and to take a moment, weather it is just a moment at your house our at an event like this and just to remember the individuals that lost lives during that time. But then also really focus it on our local heroes like our fire police, our officers, our EMT, our soldiers and what they do everyday"
GEORGIA COLLEGE CONTINUES TO REMEMBER THE SEPTEMBER 11th ATTACKS BY HOSTING EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK.
TOMORROW... A MOMENT OF SILENCE WILL BE OBSERVED ON THE FRONT CAMPUS.
AND ON TUESDAY... THE COLLEGE WILL CELEBRATE LOCAL HEROES WITH A PARADE FOLLOWED BY A COMMUNITY-WIDE COOK-OUT.
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