On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, hosted an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on America.
Under clear skies, the program was opened by Pamela Ann Lyle, regent for the chapter. After opening remarks, the gathering observed a moment of silence to honor those who gave their all on that fateful day.
“Today is a day to acknowledge the courage, heroism and the resilience displayed by our first responders in the aftermath and continues every day throughout our country,” Lyle said. “Today is a day to remember the families that suffered the loss of loved ones in the line of duty. Today is a day that reminds us that around our county and country, citizens never fail to help in a time of crisis.”
The opening prayer was offered by Jane Barker, Chapter Chaplain, giving thanks for the sacrifices of so many brave men and women on that day, and in the days that followed.
The Braves Patrol from Centralhatchee Elementary School led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and was followed with reciting the American’s Creed by the crowd.
Heard County Commission Chair, Lee Boone, presented a Proclamation declaring Sept. 11, 2021, Patriot Day. He encouraged all citizens throughout the county to publicly or privately and gratefully acknowledge the service of the individuals that lost their lives that day and our first responders in the county that keep us safe each and every day.
Durell Langley, Adjutant, American Legion Post 148, offered greetings and heartfelt remarks remembering those who perished in the attacks, reminding us that around our county and country, Americans never fail to help in a time of crisis.
“As a free people, we must never forget that the innocent victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks did not die in vain,” Durell said.
Sheriff Ross Henry and Chief Kevin Hannah greeted the crowd with words of encouragement and remembrance for the day.
Sitting quietly to the side of the memorial was a vase holding 100 white roses. Carla Brown, Honorary Chapter Regent, explained the meaning of the white rose and its significance for this day. She stated that throughout time, the white rose has stood alone as a symbol of remembrance.
“Today is a special day for these roses as they are laid in honor of the victims and families of 9/11 and to honor the first responders who have given all for the protection of the citizens of Heard County,” Brown said.
Braves Patrol member Makenzie Arp quietly placed a single rose at the base of the monument.
Heard County Fire Chief Jim Short addressed the crowd and a “last call” was played for Newnan resident, James “J.B.” Guiler. Following the tribute, Chief Short and members of his family unveiled the memorial dedication that is now permanently attached to the 9/11 monument.
Battalion Chief J.B. Guiler passed away on duty on Sept. 2, 2021, after over 30 years of selfless public service.
“Amazing Grace” was then played on the bagpipes by Bryce Delaney of Carrollton with the closing prayer offered by Jane Barker.