At exactly 9:11 a..m. September 9, representatives from The Quincy Police Department, the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Quincy Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Wetumptka Volunteer Fire Department, were silent for one minute. The group of approximately 35, along with a handful of citizens, gathered at the entrance of the W.A. Woodham Justice Center to honor the men and women who were victims of one of the most tragic days in the nation's history.
The Multi-Agency Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony recognized the 10th anniversary of the day that four hijacked airplanes, changed the lives of Americans forever. Targets that day were the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and one that many believe was aimed at the White House or the Capitol Building but failed when passengers discovered and foiled the plot. The airline, however, ultimately crashed killing all on board in a Pennsylvania field.
"The terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001 resulted in 2,996 deaths, including 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The number of victims were as follows: 246 on the four planes (of which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers, and on the ground and 125 at the Pentagon. All of the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon," said Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil.
Citizens from more than 90 countries around the world lost their lives in the Wold Trade Center attacks. In 2001, the New York Medical Examiner's Office added the name of Felecia Dunn-Jones to the official death toll from the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. She died in February 2002 from a lung condition which was linked to exposure to dust during the collapse of the World Trade Center. Leon Heyward. who died of lymphoma in 2008, was added to the official death toll in 2009, according to McNeil.
Captain Scott Haire, of the Quincy Fire Department, read the facts of 9-11 to a silent crowd.
"Total killed from 9-11: 2,996; number of firefighters and paramedics killed, 343; number of police officers killed, 60; number of persons killed in tower one were 1,402; number of persons killed in tower 2 were 614; number of families who received no remains were 1,717 and the number of children who lost a parent came to 3,051," Haire said.
The ceremony ended with "A Fireman's Prayer" read by Haire.
Robert F. Munroe Day School hosted its annual 9/11 memorial and recognition service on Sept.9. The Anchor Club sponsored service was led by President Sara Ellen Erde, President-Elects Callie Malone and Audrey Thomas State Anchor Board members, Caroline Lewis, treasurer; and Kaitlyn Sirmons, president-elect. Reverend Chris Erde began with a prayer, and Woodrow Hinson’s benediction closed the service. Eagle Scout McLane Edwards and Boy Scouts Josh Wilder, JC Partin, and Joey Fallis hoisted a new flag, while Cub Scout Troup 201 led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The high-school, eighth grade and elementary school chorus sang patriotic songs and the student body wore red, white, or blue to show their patriotism.