Cherokee plans several Sept. 11 commemorations
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By Michelle Babcock

mbabcock@cherokeetribune.com

There are several ways Wednesday for Cherokee County residents to commemorate the events and lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The city of Woodstock in collaboration with the Woodstock Jaycees will conduct the Woodstock Day of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in The Park at City Center in downtown Woodstock.

Stacy Walls, a representative of the nonprofit Woodstock Jaycees, said the community is invited to come out to remember the events of Sept. 11.

Walls said she expects a good turnout for the event, and said that the King’s Academy Chorus will perform music at the ceremony.

“I know that we’ve had members of our community that were affected, we all were, but that were directly affected by that event. Whether it be themselves that were there, or whether it be their family members, we get to meet them at this event,” Walls said. “King’s Academy, they do a fantastic job every year with the music. It’s just a time to reflect.”

Representatives from the Woodstock Fire and Police departments will attend the event and some will speak, Walls said, as well as Mayor Donnie Henriques and city council members.

City Councilman Bud Leonard will conduct the event and Henriques will present a proclamation, Walls said.

“We always invite, of course, our firemen and our police officers, and any military we can get involved; we always love them there,” Walls said.

Cherokee County’s annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony will be at the Rotary Public Safety Memorial in Canton between the old Cherokee County Courthouse and the Justice Center on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

The Patriot Day presentation is a joint partnership between the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The keynote speaker is Adjutant General of the Georgia National Guard, Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, who is responsible for almost 15,000 personnel in the Georgia Department of Defense, including the Georgia Army National Guard, Georgia Air National Guard, Georgia State Defense Force and more than 500 state employees. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Tim Cavender will emcee the memorial ceremony, and many other county officials will participate in the event.

Some participants include Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Buzz Ahrens, Commissioner Brian Poole, the Cherokee High School Chorus, Commissioner Harry Johnston, Clerk of Courts Patty Baker, Sheriff Roger Garrison, Fire Chief Tim Prather and Commissioner Raymond Guinnin. Scott King, with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, will close the ceremony with a performance of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.

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