Hillsborough County Honoring the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 during Patriot Day Ceremony
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Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2021) - Twenty years since the attack on our nation, Americans continue to mourn the thousands of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and Hillsborough County will honor the memory of those who died on that dark day during its 20th Anniversary of Patriot Day: 9/11 Remembrance ceremony.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Consumer & Veterans Services, and the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County invite the public to the ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa, FL, 33619.
First responders, military representatives, and civic leaders will speak during the tribute to the lives lost and the sacrifices made as a result of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. Speakers include Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise, Kathryn Driver, executive director of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County and Fly for Freedom co-founder, and Col. Benjamin Jonsson, Commander of the 6th Air Mobility Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base.
The ceremony will also include:
- A unified Honor Guard with representatives from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Plant City Fire Rescue, and Temple Terrace Fire Rescue
- A giant American flag hoisted by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue ladder trucks
- A traditional rifle salute and taps
- A solemn escort and procession of a solid 135-pound section of a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center twin towers that resides at Veterans Memorial Park
- A fire service bell ceremony conducted by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brian Muldowney, who will honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, including the life of his late brother Richard Muldowney, a New York City Fire Department firefighter who died on duty at Ground Zero.
The event is free and open to the public at Veterans Memorial Park's new outdoor amphitheater. Lawn chairs are welcome, social distancing is encouraged, and health and safety protocols will be observed. Attendees are also invited to enjoy the park's many memorials.
For more information about the 20th Anniversary of Patriot Day: 9/11 Remembrance event or Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, call Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services at (813) 635-8316 or visit HCFLGov.net/Veterans.