Local observances scheduled to mark 9-11 anniversary


Several local events are being held Wednesday in observance of the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Southeast Arkansas College will hold a 9/11 First Responders Day from noon until 12:45 p.m. at the flagpole adjacent to the school library. A press release said the commemoration is intended to ensure that the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, are never forgotten and to show appreciation for firefighters, law enforcement officers, medical support personnel, parole officers, veterans, counselors and emergency medical technicians.

The Pine Bluff High School History Club and Art Club are holding their annual 9-11 Remembrance Day Ceremony at 9:08 a.m. on the football field. The American flag will be presented by the ROTC Color Guard. The National Anthem will be played by the PBHS Band. A special tribute and lighting of candles will be conducted by club members in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Jefferson County will participate in a 9/11 National Day of Service. Community heroes will go to elementary schools to read to students. These heroes are representatives of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Pine Bluff Police Department, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services personnel, the White Hall Police Department, and representatives of the Pine Bluff Mayor’s Office and will be accompanied by RSVP volunteers to participating schools. Participating schools include: Broadmoor and Southwood Elementary in the Pine Bluff School District; L.L. Owen and Edgewood Elementary in the Watson Chapel School District; Gandy, Moody, and Taylor Elementary in the White Hall School District; and Ridgway Christian School.

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services personnel will assemble in front of each fire station flagpole or another central location in front of the building at 8:58 a.m. At 8:59, the time of the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower, sirens will sound for one minute. A minute of silence will be observed at 9 a.m. A company officer will read the Firefighter Prayer.