Augusta veterans post ceremony remembers 9/11



More than 60 heads bowed in silence in a candlelight vigil at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 649 on Saturday to remember what America lost nine years ago. In the post's banquet room, veterans, family and friends gathered to reflect.

"The candles represent that we shall never forget what our American heroes have done in the past, present and future," event coordinator Denise Joye said.

The VFW group held the ceremony to honor not only the victims of the 9/11 terrorists attacks but also the rescue workers who died while trying to save lives.

"It's for those who tried to save lives and who lost their own while doing so," said post commander Michael Dwyer. "It's people like the (New York Police Department) and (New York Fire Department) who have my respect."

Dwyer's nephew, Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Campbell, led a line of local service members into the banquet room to be honored by VFW members.

Representatives from the Augusta Fire Department, Richmond County Sheriffs Office and other local leaders gathered to be recognized.

Campbell traveled from Fort Hood, Texas, to be honored Saturday as a wounded warrior from his service in Iraq.

The group also held a silent auction, performances of patriotic songs and a dinner during the ceremony.

"We'll be here close to midnight," said canteen manager Leslie Ansley. "To get Sept. 11 behind us one more time. But we can't forget. We'll never forget."