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 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. 

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City, the Beaufort Academy student body placed more than 1,200 American flags on school grounds. According to Head Master Dan Durbin, each student in the Middle and Upper schools were asked to place five flags and try to remember the 2,997 people killed that day. Lower School students also participated in placing some of the flags along the fence.
City of Beaufort Mayor Stephen Murray addresses the crowd of more than 1,000, recalling his emotions during the 9/11 attacks, remarking how it drew the country together. Murray was one of three speakers during the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
The Beaufort Mass Choir sings during the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Friday at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park was packed during the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Saturday night. Patriotic speeches were made and music was made by the Parris Island Marine Band under the shadow of a huge American Flag.
Cpl. Dana Reminsky of the Parris Island Marine Band sings the National Anthem during the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

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