In Albany and Valdosta, events mark the anniversary of 9/11 with ceremonies saluting those who lost their lives in 2001.
The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany held a 9/11 observance ceremony this morning in conjunction with morning colors.
Col. Yori Escalante, chief of staff, Marine Corps Logistics Command, was the guest speaker during the observance ceremony. Escalante was working at the Pentagon September 11, 2001 when the plane crashed into the building.
The base spokesman said, "Our nation, as it has several times throughout its existence, came together and united as one that day. We continue to celebrate the lives and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that day and use it as an opportunity, once again, to come together.
Westover High School Literature Teacher Tammy Holton will do a tribute to 9/11 and all First Responders at 10:30 today at the school. School Resource Officers and Albany/ Dougherty Co First Responders will be on hand.
Officers of the Valdosta Fire Department are remembering and saluting their New York colleagues this morning. They displayed a huge American flag suspended between two hook and ladder trucks.
100 kindergartners at Clyattville Elementary in Lowndes Co. released balloons at a 9/11 ceremony. The entire school attended.
Girls Inc. of Albany, honors the victims in their own special way by placing American flags on the lawns of both the Park Place and East campuses.
"We strive to keep girls informed of current events and how holidays like Patriot Day affect their lives," said Sherrell Alexander, Executive Director. "Although many of our girls were very young or not even born during the time of the terrorist attacks, this is an important part of American history and we wish to do our part to educate our girls about this day."
The flags will remain standing for the month of September.
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