MORE THAN A GENERATION: Never Forgetting 9/11/2001

by Donn Weaver, Council Chairman

There are virtually no high school students, nor even many college students who went straight to college who were alive when terrorists struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and tried to hit the Capitol on September 9, 2001.  The attacks changed America and ended up costing not only nearly 3000 lives that day,  but also over 13,000 since then who have died from toxic exposure or in the fight against the Al Queda network and other terrorists that followed weeks later and continues to this day.

In Brevard County there will be several Patriot Day, 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies, but none bigger than the one at the Veterans Memorial Center on Sunday, September 11, 2022 starting at 4 pm.  We hope many in Brevard will attend, especially parents with their children and grandparents with theirs.  

Remembering that day is important not only to honor the sacrifice, but also to teach Americans of all ages about the price of freedom and balancing that freedom against the risks that open, democratic societies face. There will be special exhibits, wreath laying and talks by some who were there during the attacks and who served afterwards as well as Sheriff Wayne Ivey.  Drinks will be available for the outdoor ceremony along with special music and solemn pageantry.  Bring lawn chairs.  Golf Carts will help shuttle those needing such assistance.  

Active duty and retired Police, Fire, Military and Veteran units and members will be there with a moving ceremony planned.  The Program is the result of partnerships with active and retired First Responders and with active duty military and veterans.  Club 1013  (Code on the radio for “Officer Needs Assistance” ) of retired NYPD and NYFD; the Veterans Memorial Center: and the Good Deeds Foundation  of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America are again teaming up to make it happen. 

Contact the VMC on 321-453-1776 for any questions.  Please See the Poster and spread the word.