9/11 ceremonies in Decatur, Avondale Estates

Posted by Dena Mellick September 10, 2015
Decatur High Students mark the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur High Students marked the 13th Anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The cities of Decatur and Avondale Estates are both holding 9/11 observances Friday.

Former Decatur High School teach Chris Billingsley said the DHS JROTC will have two ceremonies on September 11 – one at 8:30 a.m. at the flagpole and another at 2:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

“The ceremonies will include a tribute to those who gave their lives fourteen years ago and DHS grads currently serving in the military,” Billingsley said in an email.

At last year’s ceremony, Billingsley said he wanted to make sure the students understood what 9/11 meant and continues to mean for our country.

The city of Avondale Estates will have a small ceremony at the Dewey Brown Plaza from 8:30 until 9 a.m. City Hall will be closed during the ceremony. An email from the city said, “A commemorative display featuring hundreds of miniature American flags has been placed at the Dewey Brown Plaza across the street from City Hall.” You can see the ceremony agenda here.

Here’s the announcement from the city:

Join the City for a small ceremony on Friday, September 11, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the Dewey Brown Plaza. City Hall will be temporarily closed, Friday, September 11, starting at 8:30 a.m. and will re-open again Friday, September 11, at 9 a.m. after the ceremony.

The City will observe the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, a day that 2,977 innocent victims lost their lives. Please take a moment on Friday, September 11, to join us to remember the victims, and honor their families and the heroes who came forward during the rescue efforts in the days and weeks that followed. A commemorative display featuring hundreds of miniature American flags has been placed at the Dewey Brown Plaza across the street from City Hall. The City would like to thank Tom Witcher, of Godfather Customs, for providing the flags; Hal Johnson, owner of Godfather Customs, for providing the remembrance banner; and City Public Works associates for placing the flags. Click here for the ceremony agenda. In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will be cancelled.

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