This Year--9/11 Anniversary

At exactly 8:46am Wednesday morning, September 11, 2002, our nation paused, bowed their heads, held hands and raised their voices in song. For many, the day included a religious ceremony. In Savannah at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, as Benedictine cadets posted the colors, more than 1,000 worshipers attended the special noontime mass said for victims, those who mourn for them, and for our nation.

Across the river in South Carolina, a large crowd filled the Baptist Church of Beaufort for a musical tribute. The choir sang, the bells rang and musicians played patriotic songs.

In Statesboro at noon, classes at Georgia Southern came to a halt as hundreds packed the Russell Student Union in a gathering of support.

On this one-year anniversary, as Americans, we enjoyed the freedom to remember in our own way.

On Hutchinson Island, for Freedom Lights the Way, victims of the attack were honored by recognizing firefighters, police officers and emergency workers. At Waterfront Park in Beaufort they did the same. To honor our local police, fire and EMS, heroes who risk their lives for us every day.

Heroes like Southside Fire Department's
Lt. John Frank and canine Captain Morgan ,who were part of the rescue mission in New York. WTOC went with them on their emotional trip back to Ground Zero and we looked back one year through their eyes. The physical wounds of these two heroes are on the mend, but one year later the memories remained painfully fresh.

In Bulloch County, a seven-ton monument was dedicated to public servants in New York, Washington and everywhere. Children from the Laurel Bay School planted a tree next to one dedicated earlier to victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

And at the Beaufort Naval Hospital, the Tri Command Honor Guard presented a flag that flew over the Pentagon a few months after the attacks. The flag was lowered to half staff in remembrance of those lost September 11, 2001.

Join us as we count down the 11 biggest stories of the year on Saturday, December 28, at 9pm on WOTC-TV.

Reported by: Jody Chapin,

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