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Elementary School Remembers 9/11

A south Georgia Elementary School is honoring 9/11 victims and their own community heroes.

Students at Clyattville Elementary School released red, white, and blue Balloons as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the attacks.

Members of the Air Force and first responders were also there to honor the fallen. The Lowndes Middle School band played taps and kindergarten students sang a patriotic song.

Principal Debbie Brantley says they want to teach students to be proud of their country. "One of the objectives they studied in kindergarten is community helpers and heroes and we try to focus on the helper and hero part as well as being proud of their country."

There will be a community remembrance ceremony at the Lowndes County courthouse Sunday morning.

Here's a press release from the City of Valdosta:

Valdosta-Lowndes County Will Never Forget 9-11-01

Citizens are invited to a community-wide 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony, on Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 8:30 a.m., on the front lawn of the historic Lowndes County courthouse, observing the tenth anniversary of the 2001 events that forever marked the hearts of Americans. The event will include city, county and Moody public safety personnel, area choirs, and will conclude with an A-10 flyover by the 76th Fighter Squadron.

Colonel Neil Robinson, the 23rd Maintenance Group Commander at Moody Air Force Base, will deliver a message to recount his experience at the Pentagon on that historic morning and the ways the event has impacted the lives of Americans. 

The program will feature patriotic music performed by the Valdosta State University Mass Choir and the St. John's Children's Choir, as well as "Amazing Grace" performed by the Valdosta Fire Department Pipe and Drum Corps.  Don McArthur's bugle performance of "TAPS" is synchronized with the A-10 flyover and will provide a spectacular conclusion to the program.

Attendees can receive an American handheld flag from the Valdosta Exchange Club and a special "Valdosta-Lowndes County Will Never Forget 9-11" arm band from public safety personnel at the event.  Citizens may also view the static display of public safety vehicles on demonstration around the courthouse square.

Attendees are encouraged to stay in downtown for the remainder of the morning.  Jessie's Eats & Treats and Stage 51 Coffee and Wine House will be open for brunch following the ceremony.

Parking is available in the McKey Street lot, the Toombs Street lot and in the neighboring local government parking lots.  The portion of East Central Avenue and Valley Street, between Patterson and Ashley Streets, will be closed from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the anticipated large event attendance.

For more information, call the City of Valdosta Public Information Office at (229) 259-3548 or the Lowndes County Public Information Office at (229) 671-2400.

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