Beaufort marks 20th anniversary of 9/11
Above: Children of Beaufort and Port Royal first responders lead the assembled crowd of more than 1,000 people in the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, on Friday at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
From staff reports
A large crowd was in attendance Saturday evening as the City of Beaufort marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. They remain the deadliest terror attacks in human history and the deadliest event for firefighters and law enforcement officers in American history.
The ceremony honored those who lost their lives in the attacks and the families whose lives were forever altered.
Along with Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray, there were guest speakers, including USMC Col. Timothy R. Dremann, chief of staff at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Linda Self, a Beaufort resident who was working in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
There were also performances by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band and the Beaufort Mass Choir.
At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Port Royal, there was a morning service and the bells were ring at 8:46 and 9:06 a.m., the times when the planes hit the Twin Towers in New York.