South Carolina law enforcement is holding a special service Friday to honor the ones who responded to the 9-11 terrorist attacks on Washington and New York. Major Jim Brady with Charleston County explains the intentions behind the service:
“The memorial event is intended to do two things: Number one to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and also to pay honor and remember the first responders who were killed as a result of going to the locations,” says Brady.
Brady says 343 firemen 58 law enforcement officers, 8 paramedics and 55 military members were killed in th 9-11 attacks. He says they will honor all, not just locals.
“We’re working to honor all of those first responders, police, fire, EMS, military members who were killed in the attacks. We do have some folks who will be speaking during the ceremony who were actually at the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon as well, but it’s meant to honor all of those folks who were not able to come home that day,” says Brady.
The service will feature music by the Charleston Police Pipers and Drums and the Academic Magnet High School Vocal Ensemble.
“The event was planned locally by first responders here. Nothing meant to be political or anything else. We have a choir singing one or two songs to open and close the event. We have people who were at the locations who are going to speak, and we have honor guard from South Carolina Highway Patrol. And, we’ll be doing bagpipes and taps towards the end,” says Brady.
Brady says they want to honor the 9-11 phrase “We Will Never Forget.”
“The first year of two after the attacks we saw people driving around with their headlights on, flags flying, and as time goes by, we don’t see as much of that. What we want to do is let folks know that we haven’t forgotten those folks who didn’t make is out of the buildings. Moving on is great, but we don’t ever want to get to a point where people think we forget,” says Brady.
The service will be at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center at 10 am Friday. Brady says the free, public event will last for about an hour.