It has been 16 years since the tranquility of a sunny Sept. 11 morning was shattered in 2001 by terrorist airplane attacks in New York City and the nation’s capital in Washington.
Memorial services for those lost have become local tradition, with annual events set for Monday in Havelock and Fairfield Harbour, along with events on the Havelock and New Bern campuses of Craven Community College.
With a much less daunting weather prediction because of Hurricane Irma, citizens are still reminded never to underestimate the unpredictability of a hurricane.
Event coordinators at all the services have contingency plans and all encourage the public to remember privately with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. if they are unable to attend a public event.
“We will have to be in a state of an emergency here for us not to hold this and remember those lost,” said Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson.
The Havelock Police Department will hold its annual memorial service at the Havelock 9/11 Memorial, located by the Police department building. The remembrance will begin at 8:31 with the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem, followed by remarks by Fire/EMS Chief Rick Zaccardelli and Magnusson.
There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the same time that American Airlines Flight 11 hit the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
Adding words of comfort will be Police Chaplain Jim Daub.
The event will conclude at 9:03am, the same time United Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center’s South Tower.
Magnusson said the ceremony is shorter than last year’s event, which was on the 15th anniversary and also was on a Sunday.
“We realize that people have to work,” he said. “If they arrive by around 8:30, they should be on their way in a half-hour or so.”
The Havelock and New Bern campuses of Craven Community College will have events.
According to a college spokesman, the events will be held if students are in school.
The New Bern campus ceremony will be from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the Student Center Courtyard.
The national anthem will be sung by Craven CC Encore student.
College President Raymond Staats will speak, addressing the time line of events and honoring those who lost their lives.
That will be followed by a moment of silence and the playing of TAPS on bagpipes.
In New Bern, if there is inclement weather, it will be held in Orringer Auditorium.
The Havelock service is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the IAT Hanger.
There will be a speaker sharing 9/11 events.
That will be followed by a candle-lighting ceremony by students lighting memorial candles.
A display table will feature a listing of those who lost their lives.
Fairfield Harbour, which also has a 9/11 Memorial, will host a Monday ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center on Broad Creek Road, site of the fire department and the memorial.
It will last about 30 minutes.
Like the Havelock event, it will be keyed to the time of 8:46 a.m., when the initial plane hit the World Trade Center.
It will include Bob Dumon on trumpet and a singer.
There will be a wreath-laying at the monument.
Speakers will be recounting the events of 9/11 and telling about personal encounters.
“Simple and powerful,” said Strausbaugh.
The Craven County Veterans Council honors Patriot Day on Sept. 11 by direction of the president, to remember and respect the nearly 3,000 people that died in the terrorists’ attacks.
The council request the Craven County community join in observing a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of those that perished, their families, and love ones.
The city of Havelock’s commemoration began with its unveiling of its 9/11 Memorial in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The memorial is located next to the Harrier Monument that stands in front of the Havelock Police Department building.
According to Havelock officials, “this display will serve as a constant reminder of the untold sacrifices made that day, and the unbreakable will of the American Spirit.”
The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department also has a brief ceremony and wreath-laying scheduled for 7 p.m. at the community building on Broad Creek Road, entering Fairfield Harbour. It will be held rain or shine.
A planned 9/11 dedication for the fire bell tower memorial at the New Bern Firemen’s Museum at the corner of Hancock and Broad streets has been postponed because of potential bad weather, with a new date to be announced.
The Havelock 9/11 effort began in September of 2009, with the submission of an official letter to the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, requesting an artifact for the City of Havelock.
It was approved in November 2009.
By December the city received documentation of a court order for the release of the artifact labeled I-0027b – World Trade Center beam.
It got legal transfer of ownership in July 2010.
In June of 2011, Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli and Operations Chief Steven Coffey traveled to Hanger 17 at JFK International Airport in New York to bring back the World Trade Center artifact.
It was later temporarily stored the West End Fire Station.
In July, it was transferred to Tandemloc where it will be prepared for mounting.
The artifact was mounted next to the Harrier Monument on Sept. 6, five days before it was unveiled.
Tri-Community VFD Assistant Fire Chief Matt Spirko said The Fairfield endeavor was a community effort to build the memorial and a center of community pride in the largely retirement community. He said volunteers undertook the project, including the fire department members and retired members, such as Jim Abell and Walt Kerner.
The memorial includes actual girders from the World Trade Center.
At the 2011 ceremony, a plaque was dedicated by Ann Simpson, remembering the late Vinnie Albanese, who worked tirelessly at the attack site in the days after the tragedy. He died of a 9/11 site-related illness.
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