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September 11, 2002

Albany -- Southwest Georgia remembers the victims of the September 11. The chilling sound of Taps echoed through Albany throughout this morning as the city paused to commerate the terrorist attacks. Church bells rang, prayers were said and a 21 gun salute fired as part of Albany's September 11th observance.

At 8:46, the exact moment one year ago that the first jet struck the World Trade Center tower in New York, Albany's emergency system played taps. Church bells rang, and people all over the city stood for two minutes of silence to honor the victims.

 Tom Liner said "I would not pass by the moment without remembering those who sacrificed, the families, and think of my country."

At 9:03, the time the second jet hit the second tower, again taps and bells rang out across Albany. At 9:37, when the third jet struck the Pentagon, taps and bells rang out for a third time.

Then at 10:03, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in the field in Pennsylvania, again taps and church bells were heard across Albany. Prayers were said for the victims, their families, and the country dealing with this loss.

At 10:30, a 21 gun salute by the Marines from the Albany Logistics Base. Two buglers played taps to begin a city wide rememberence ceremony at Veterans Park. Hundreds of people came to pay tribute, and celebrate life.

Religious leaders of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faith held hands in a joint prayer for peace and healing. Chaplain Stan Halstead said "This unity is what calls us together. Thank you Father that we can become one people, one nation."

Imam Salahuddin Hanif said "Help us against those who stand against faith."

The Mt Zion Baptist Choir sang America the Beautiful to revive the spirit of the ceremony. And students representing all the schools in Albany sang together, pointing out the future for the community.

The Marine Band ended the city wide remembrance, and 40 white doves were released. One year after the terrorist attacks, honoring the memory of the victims, praying for peace in the future.

posted at 3:55 by jimw@walb.com