The world stopped one year ago, when terrorist-driven planes attacked New York and Washington, but on Sept. 11 this year Augusta is being asked only to pause at the start of the day.
The remainder of the anniversary will be commemorated with ceremonies, services and concerts designed to honor those who were lost and recognize those who risked their lives to help others.
"This is a date we cannot afford to pass over," said former U.S. Rep. Doug Barnard, the chairman of Augusta's Patriot Day committee, a local organizing group that is coordinating Sept. 11 anniversary events through the office of Mayor Bob Young.
"It has a lot of meaning," Mr. Barnard said. "It will be something that will always be remembered."
The day will begin with flags being lowered to half-staff and several churches holding sunrise services; the anniversary will end with a patriotic concert at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Riverwalk Augusta.
At 8:46 a.m. - the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York - schools and businesses throughout the city and the nation are asked to recognize a moment of silence. In the moments before silence is observed, churches will toll their bells and emergency vehicles will sound their sirens.
"It's just very, very encouraging that the community is coming together in support of this," Mr. Barnard said. "It's being done in the right way - not a celebration, but it's honoring the theme of remembrance and recognition."
Some of the events and activities that have been planned for the Augusta area:
8:46 A.M.: A moment of silence for schools and businesses. Flags should be lowered to half-staff.
10 A.M.: The recognition of 9-11 Day at the Richmond County 911 call center, at 911 Fourth St.
11 A.M.: A nondenominational service at Sacred Hearth Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.
NOON: A joint civic club and organizations luncheon at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., with guest speaker Maj. Gen. Perry Smith and music by the Davidson Stage Band, the First Baptist Church Choir and Connor Smith. The program is free, and lunch costs $15.
7 P.M.: A patriotic concert on the river at Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Riverwalk Augusta. Music will be performed by the Richmond County Fire Department bagpiper and the Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band.
Other community events taking place in honor of Sept. 11:
For more information about Augusta's Patriot Day activities, or to volunteer time or resources for the events, call the mayor's office at 821-1831.
Reach Heidi Coryell Williams at (706) 823-3215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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