September 11, 20 years later

An honor guard participates in a previous American Legion 9/11 Remembrance & Patriot Day Celebration. Photos by Dave Ongie

As hard as it is to believe, this Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Johnson City’s Kings Mountain Post 24 of the American Legion will host its fifth annual 9/11 Remembrance & Patriot Day Celebration. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.  

The Ceremony will be conducted at the Amphitheater in Memorial Park Community Center (MPCC), 510 Bert St. The event is intended to honor and remember the courage of those First Responders as well as the military members and civilians who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.  

The guest speaker is retired Airline Purser/Stewardess, Carol Fair, who was inbound on a flight from London that day.  With access to the cockpit and equipped with a headset, she was able to monitor the communication with the Air Traffic Control and the FAA, while providing instructions and information to the passengers onboard.  She will share some of her memories of that morning, 20 years ago.   

As part of the ceremony, King’s Mountain Post 24 will recognize the 911 Dispatcher, Firefighter, Policeman and EMS Officers of the Year. 

All organizations, businesses and citizens are invited to attend and participate in this event to remember the fallen and to give thanks for their sacrifices. Current social distancing rules will be observed.


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