Firefighters march through downtown Southern Pines as part of a 9/11 memorial in 2018.

Firefighters march through downtown Southern Pines as part of a 9/11 memorial in 2018. 

Local firefighters and law enforcers will gather Wednesday at the Southern Pines Fire and Rescue Department to pay tribute to the many first responders who died in the 9/11 terror attacks.

The annual ceremony begins 8:30 a.m. at the fire station, which is located on West Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Southern Pines. The event is organized by the town’s fire and police departments.

“Please take a few minutes to join us as we remember our fallen sisters and brothers,” the police department wrote in a Facebook post announcing the ceremony.

Several other events are planned Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of 9/11.

Sandhills Community College will hold a brief ceremony at noon in front of the First Responder’s Memorial on campus. According to a Facebook post, the ceremony will highlight  “the victims and heroes who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville.”

Strong Soul and Southern Pines Crossfit will co-host a memorial stair climb in the park next to Sunrise Theater on Northwest Broad Street in Southern Pines. Participants will do multiple step-up exercises to simulate the experience of climbing the 110 floors of the World Trade Center.

“It will be an amazing opportunity to embrace health and fitness through an active memorial that brings the entire community together to support those lost and those still serving to keep us safe,” Shera Collins, owner of Strong Soul, said in an email.

Registration is $20, with all proceeds benefiting fire and rescue departments in Moore County. People can join in at any point during the 12-hour event, which runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for ticket information. 

The Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills will hold a Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m. at 160 Memorial Park Court in Southern Pines. The ceremony will include a presentation by Carol Haney, a Southern Pines councilwoman, and a performance by the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Brass Quintet.

(1) comment

Jim Tomashoff

Hey Kent, given your suspicion that Southern Pines is upgrading its sidewalks as part of an Americans With Disabilities Act enabled conspiracy to enrich construction companies, should we expect a long screed from you that the "so-called" terrorist attacks on September 11th were really just part and parcel of a U.S. Government conspiracy in league with architects and construction companies to gin up billions of dollars worth of business at taxpayers expense?

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