In memory of 9/11

A statue dedicated to fallen firefighters from Greenville — including Roscoe Daughterty and Earl Jenkins in 1936 and Tony Bullard in 1994 — and the memory of Dallas Stromberg, rests outside of Greenville Fire Station No. 3 at the entrance to the Greenville SportsPark.

Today is the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and two events are being conducted locally in remembrance of the tragedy.

The Greenville Independent School District is hosting the “Back the Red, White & Blue” luncheon today, representatives with law enforcement, fire, rescue and emergency medical associations have been welcomed to enjoy a free lunch which is being provided at Bowie Elementary and Greenville High School. Students at both schools are preparing special gestures of appreciation for the first responders.

The Greenville City Council presented the official proclamation in honor of Patriot Day during Tuesday’s regular session.

President George W. Bush issued a proclamation in 2002 designating Sept. 11 as Patriot Day and as a national day of mourning and honoring the memory of those who were killed.

President Barack Obama rededicated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day and as the National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.

Of the 2,977 victims killed during the attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center.

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