Patriot Day: Several events scheduled across Tennessee Valley to commemorate 9/11 anniversary

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There are a number of events scheduled across north Alabama on Friday as different groups commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The day is now known as “Patriot Day.”

Madison Fire & Rescue/Madison Police Department September 11th Memorial Ceremony

Madison Fire & Rescue’s Honor Guard, along with the Madison Police Department’s Honor Guard, will hold a September 11th ceremony at Madison Fire & Rescue’s Station 2 located at 1115 Hughes Road.  The event will begin at 7:46 AM to coincide with the time of day that American Airlines Flight 11 impacted the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  The ceremony will take approximately 20 minutes and will include raising of the colors, moments of silence in recognition of those who lost their lives that day, and ringing of the bell signifying the last alarm for the firefighters who died.

Redstone Arsenal Patriot Day Tribute

Maj. Gen. James Simpson, commander, U.S. Army Contracting Command, will host Team Redstone’s Patriot Day Tribute (9/11 Observance) at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 in the Bob Jones Auditorium (Sparkman Center).  The event provides a memorial tribute honoring the many who lost their lives on 9-11 and those who continue to serve during the war on terrorism.  U.S. Army retired Col. Bob Devlin, former commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Redstone, will serve as the guest speaker. He was working in the Pentagon on 9/11 and will share his personal experiences.  Other participants include the group Fahrenheit, the Arsenal Brass Quintet, students from Morris Elementary, Redstone Arsenal first responders and a bagpiper.

Patriot Day Blood Drive

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville is hosting a Patriot Day Blood Drive in honor of first responders. The LifeSouth Bloodmobile will be at the center 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 11.  The center will also be honoring local first responders 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot. The Huntsville Fire & Rescue Station 12 crew is scheduled to bring a fire truck and several Huntsville Police Department officers are scheduled to attend.   Huntsville Center Commander Col. Robert J. Ruch, is scheduled to make information remarks and recognize first responders at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Blood donors will receive a free hot dog lunch, Corps of Engineers lanyard and a lunchbox from LifeSouth. Individuals may walk up to give blood or schedule a donation time online at  Community members are welcome to participate.  Find out more about the Huntsville Center, located at 4820 University Square in Huntsville, at

Decatur Service

Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, the Decatur Fire Department and Decatur Police Department invite the community to honor the heroes who paid the ultimate price on Sept. 11, 2001 at a free memorial event starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the cemetery, 741 Danville Road in Decatur. The event will be held at the memorial on the left side of the cemetery entrance.  The event will feature an American flag hung above the monument, courtesy of the Decatur Fire Department. The service will also include the laying of the wreath by the Decatur Police Department followed by a moment of silence.

Honor Walk at U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Saturday, Sept. 12

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center hosts the Honor Walk to recognize those who gave everything on 9/11 and beyond.  The event is Saturday, Sept. 12 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. More information here.

9/11 Heroes Run – Athens – Saturday, Sept. 12

The #911HeroesRun unites communities internationally with the goal to never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11th and in the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian and military. Join to raise awareness and honor the fallen.  The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K and 1M fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and all ages.  More information here.  The event is Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 a.m.  It starts at the Veterans Museum, located at 100 Pryor St. W, Athens, AL 35611.  Packet Pickup and Late Registration: Friday 9/11/15 at The Veterans Museum on Prior street 3:00 – 7:00p.m  & race day 9/12/15 from5:30-6:30am at The Alabama Veterans Museum on Prior Street. Opening ceremonies will begin at6:45a.m. on race day.  Parking at United Methodist Church in Athens and there is public parking surrounding the Square in Athens. The museum is only a couple of blocks away.

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