Walker County to Honor First Responders on Patriot Day

LaFayette, GA – Walker County will hold a Patriot Day service to recognize and remember first responders on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

The public service, led by Walker County Fire Rescue, begins at 8:15 a.m. and includes the ringing of a bell at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. to signify the moments when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Over 400 first responders lost their lives answering the call to help others on 9/11/01, while hundreds more have died of 9/11 related illnesses since that fateful day.

Students from LaFayette High School’s JROTC and chorus programs will be participating in the program, along with Walker County Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Farrow, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson and LaFayette Fire Services and Emergency Management Director Stacey Meeks.  Taps will be performed by a Ridgeland High School student.

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield will also read a proclamation recognizing September 11, 2020 as Patriot Day in Walker County, encouraging citizens to observe the day with patriotism and pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

WHAT:           Patriot Day Service

WHEN:           Friday, September 11, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.

WHERE:         Walker County Courthouse steps
103 S Duke Street
LaFayette, GA

Socially distanced seating will be available, as well as plenty of space for those who choose to stand. A complimentary breakfast will be provided to first responders at 8:00 a.m., courtesy of volunteers with the Walker County GOP.

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