On September 11th, events and activities of volunteerism were scheduled around the state of South Carolina. The anniversary of September 11th, is now also a national day of service and remembrance. Some critics believe that marking 9/11 as a day for volunteerism demeans the memory of thousands who were killed on that fateful September morning in 2001.
It was the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed last April by President Obama, which authorized the designation of September 11 as a National Day of Service and remembrance. This year marks the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
AT 09:59 a.m. (the time of the first World Trade Center Tower Collapse), the city of Charleston Fire Department Rang the bell at the Old Fire Watch Tower on Queen in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001.
Winthrop University in Rock Hill held an event to commemorate the day. In Columbia, retired Army General George Goldsmith presided over a noon-hour ceremony at City Hall.
In Lexington on Thursday, a celebration featured two White Knoll Middle School students reading their essays that won an essay competion on the topic of what their school’s patriotism means to them. And that patriotism was recognized nationally following the 2001 attacks, when White Knoll Middle School raised more tan half a million dollars and sent it to the New York City Fire Department, allowing it to purchase a new fire truck and other equipment for Ladder 101 Red Hook Fire Station. The essay winners were awarded with a trip to New York City to participate in today’s September 11th comemorative events.
The annual Freedom Walk from the Statehouse was dropped this year due to budget restraints and the cost of extra police protection required.