Anna to host Sept. 11 memorial service

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Anna Firefighters honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a 2019 memorial service

The city of Anna will host a September 11 memorial service this from 7:30-8:15 a.m. this Saturday at Slayter Creek Park. An honor Guard will perform a ceremony to honor the memory of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the events of that tragic day 20 years ago.  

Three hundred forty-three flags will be set up within the area as a memorial for the lost lives. A table will be set up with four empty chairs to symbolize those who have fallen in the line of duty.  

The public is welcome to attend. City officials say that the ceremony and site are intended to serve as a reminder of the lives lost and a place of quiet reflection. They ask that visitors help reinforce the spirit of solidarity and compassion as we pay tribute to our lost heroes.  The schedule of events will be as follows: 

7:30 a.m. Opening remarks 

7:33 a.m. Opening Prayer 

7:35 a.m. Honor Guard to attention 

7:36 a.m. Raising and Lowering of American Flag 

7:40 a.m. Comments from Police Chief Dean Habel 

7:45 a.m. Moment of silence 

7:47 a.m. Sounding of the Bell 

8:00 a.m. Reading of "Fallen First Responders Memorial Ceremony" 

8:10 a.m. Comments from City Manager Jim Proce 

8:13 a.m.  Comments from Mayor Nate Pike 

8:15 a.m.  Closing comments from Fire Chief Ray Isom