Posted September 11, 2020 | 9:39 AM

Hillsborough County Honors 9/11 with Emotional Video Tribute

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2020) - This September 11, Hillsborough County continues to honor and remember the men and women who lost their lives in the tragic attacks on our country.

Traditionally, the Hillsborough County Veterans Council hosts a Patriot Day 9/11 ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum to remember the victims, military Veterans, and first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, this year's public ceremony will not take place. But Hillsborough County continues to honor the memory of those who died on that dark day to ensure that they will never be forgotten.

Hillsborough County has produced a video tribute that honors 9/11 through the words of Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones, Hillsborough County Veterans Services Director Frank Strom, and Hillsborough County Veterans Council member Walter Raysick.

In the video, these leaders share their experiences and the importance of honoring the lives lost on 9/11.

Chief Jones has dealt with the emotion and pain of being at Ground Zero and reading the names inscribed on the fountain walls.

County Administrator Wise cherishes her role with Fly for Freedom, a group that remembers the attacks by traveling annually to a major city to attend a 9/11 ceremony.

Veterans Services Director Strom expresses his pride in serving with the United States Marine Corps at the time of 9/11, and his role today of serving and assisting Veterans.

Walter Raysick of the Veterans Council is shown with a steel beam from the fallen Twin Towers in New York City, a hallowed artifact that now resides in the museum at Veterans Memorial Park.

Please take a moment to watch the Hillsborough County 9/11 video tribute and remember the lives lost on 9/11.

For information about VA benefits, the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County, or Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, call (813) 635-8316 or visit


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