9/11 20 years later: List of metro Atlanta ceremonies remembering victims

ATLANTA — Saturday marks 20 years since the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

2,977 innocent people who lost their lives that day. The work to identify all of the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center is still not done.

Here is a list of events throughout metro Atlanta on the anniversary Saturday.

Cherokee County

Woodstock’s 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Park at City Center at 101 Arnold Mill Road starting at 7 p.m. The city has a 9/11 Memorial that features two subway tracks recovered from beneath the crumbles of the World Trade Center.

Clayton County

8:15 a.m. The Clayton County Police Department is hosting a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, which will be streamed on Facebook Live starting at 8:15 a.m.

10 a.m.: A balloon release will be held at Clayton State University, located at 2000 Clayton State Boulevard in Morrow, GA 30260. The event will be held at the campus amphitheater.

Cobb County

7:55 a.m.: Thousands of flags at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will represent each life lost on 9/11. A memorial service from 7:55 a.m. to 11 a.m. will feature a reading of the victims’ names and various speakers.

8:30 a.m.: Veterans Memorial Park will host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

8 p.m.: A 9/11 Memorial concert will be held at Morgan Hall in the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University’s main campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. The concert will be streamed live at arts.kennesaw.edu/concerts-and-events/music.php.

DeKalb County:

11 a.m.: 9/11 Interfaith Service will be held outdoors at Ebster Pavillion, located at Trinity and Electric avenues in Decatur. The event is hosted by representatives from a variety of faith traditions and the City of Decatur. Masks are required.

Douglas County

8:30 a.m. A 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive in Douglasville starting at 8:30 a.m.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: A memorial ride and concert will be held in Lithia Springs starting at the Harley Davidson off Thornton Road. The route is expected to ride through Douglas, Cobb and Paulding counties. More information from the organizations can be found here.

Fayette County

8:30 a.m.: The 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Peachtree City City Hall, located at 151 Willowbend Road.

6 p.m.: The Fayette County 9/11 Tribute will be held at the City Center, 210 Stonewall Ave W, Fayetteville. Guest are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and face coverings. Event includes musical performances, helicopter flyer over, vendors, food trucks and public displays.

Fulton County

8 a.m.: The 9/11 National Day of Service will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building C, Exhibit Hall C4 270 Northside Drive NW. Hundreds of volunteers will pack 200,000 meals for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Volunteers must register in advance and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. To register, visit 9/11 Day (911day.org).

8:30 a.m.: The 9/11 We Remember event will be held on the Alpharetta Town Green, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin will give remarks and Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Chief John Robison, will give the keynote address. Details here.

8:30 a.m.: A Patriot Day commemoration event will be held at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Details here.

9 a.m.: The Atlanta 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race will take place as part of the National 5K race series. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are welcome. Marine veteran Chuck Segel will be the guest speaker. STATS Brewpub, 300 St NW Suite 101, Atlanta. For more information and to register, see this site.

Gwinnett County

8:45 a.m. Norcross will hold a remembrance ceremony at Betty Mauldin Park starting at 8:20 a.m. The city will ring bells at 8:45 a.m. to mark when the first Twin Tower was hit on Sept. 11.

8:30 a.m.: A remembrance ceremony will be held at The Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Representatives from public safety agencies across Gwinnett will join members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to provide remarks and share personal stories, including a firsthand account from District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins.

11 a.m.: The documentary “Rebirth” will be screened at the Red Clay Theater, 3116 Main Street in Duluth. The movie follows the nearly 10-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on Sept. 11, 2001. Seating is first-come, first-served.

12 p.m.: In Lilburn, the city will unveil its 2,977 Paper Cranes Art tribute. Daniele Roberts and her family folded 2,977 origami paper cranes, one for each victim killed in the attacks. The victims’ names will be handwritten on the cranes. The tribute will be at Lilburn City Park off 76 Main Street.

6 p.m.: Suwanee will host a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Remembrance public art piece at the Town Center Park. The park is located at 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m.

Paulding County

8:40 a.m.: The Remembering the Heroes ceremony will be held at the 9/11 memorial site at Mt. Tabor Park. This ceremony will be led and sponsored by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Paulding County Fire Department Honor Guard and the Retired New York (RNY) Shields of Georgia. Guests include representatives from the New York police and fire departments. Social distancing will be practiced.





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