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September 11th is a tragic and unforgettable day for the United States of America. The visions, stories and memories of that day in 2001 will resonate through our history. Today, we remember the triumph found during tragedy and thank those who serve our community – police, firefighters, emergency crews, state and local agencies, and soldiers of our armed forces deserve special acknowledgement on days like these.

We shall never forget
We shall keep this day,
We shall keep the events and the tears
In our minds, our memory and our hearts
and take them with us as we carry on. – 9/11 Memorial

Franklin Police Officers and Firefighters encourage the community to join us for a brief Tuesday morning ceremony in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives during the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. Our special guest, NYPD Officer (Ret) Gary Poggiali will reflect on the NYPD’s response and America’s resilience.

Local Remembrance Ceremonies:

MTSU 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Miller Education Center (second floor atrium), 503 E. Bell St.

Guest speakers will include Mike Krause, executive director with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and a veteran; retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jennifer Vedral-Baron, VA Health System director; and Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, an MTSU alumnus.

911 Remembrance
Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives at MTSU. (MTSU file photo by Andy Heidt)

Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, will provide the welcome and introductions. Country music singer Rachel Lipsky will sing the National Anthem. A 9/11 memorial speech will be read by an MTSU ROTC cadet following a moment of silence.

Robert Aanerud will perform taps near the end of the ceremony.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, 940 New Salem Rd, Murfreesboro

World War II Navy medic Bill Allen was one of only 28 sailors who survived when his ship was destroyed in 1944 at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

Bill Allen
Bill Allen

The LST523 Landing Ship carrying 145 U.S. Navy personnel delivering supplies and bringing casualties back suffered damage and sunk during the Battle of Omaha Beach, causing 117 sailors to lose their lives.

Fellow sailor Jack Hamblin picked Allen up in his life raft as the ship sank.

“He saved my life,” Allen said, adding he attended Hamblin’s funeral Aug. 16 in Baldwin, Miss. Allen is now the only survivor.

Allen, 94, of Murfreesboro, will describe his experiences during the annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

The Rutherford County native graduated from Central High School May 18, 1943, the same day he turned 18 and registered for the draft. He joined the Navy two months later and completed boot camp in Maryland.


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