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Jacksonville to host 10th year commemoration of 9/11

The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission has partnered with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and OneJax to host a 10th year commemoration of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The remembrance is free and open to the public.

The commemoration, themed “Moving Forward with Compassion and Hope,”  will be held Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing, and will offer the chance for Jacksonville residents to honor those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks and pay tribute to the many police, fire and military personnel who responded to the devastation that followed. The event will also reflect on the solidarity and support the world the showed following the tragedy.

The program, emceed by WJCT’s Melissa Ross, will feature remarks from federal, state and local officials. There will also be an interfaith prayer offered for those impacted by the Sept. 11 events. The ceremony will conclude with a candlelight vigil, 21-rifle salute and “Taps.”

Those expected to be in attendance include Rep. Mia Jones, Florida District 14 / Jacksonville Mayor’s Office; Capt. Doug Cochrane, commanding officer, Naval Station Mayport; U. S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill, Esq., Middle District of Florida; Vice President William Bishop, Jacksonville City Council; Director Charles Moreland, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department; Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office; Michael Wachholz, chair, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission; Melissa Ross, WJCT host of “First Coast Connect”; Pastor Kyle Reese, Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church; Rabbi Joshua B. Lief, Congregation Ahavath Chesed; and Imam Enrique Rasheed, Jacksonville Masjid of Al-Islam


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