Marines attended the Patriot Day ceremony at Hillsborough County's Veterans Memorial Park on Sept. 8, 2023.
Posted September 13, 2023 | 11:19 AM

Hillsborough County Remembers 9/11 and Teaches Significance to Younger Generations

For some, Sept. 11, 2001, is a vivid memory. For others, it's a historical event before their time.

Many people remember exactly where they were or what they were doing on Sept. 11, 2001. However, many Americans - especially those who are much younger - do not have such memories. More recent generations, those in their early 20s and younger, cannot recall the momentous tragedy or were not even yet born. For them, 9/11 is more of an abstraction - a historical event that happened before their time. It's this cohort of people that Hillsborough County made special efforts to reach and teach during the annual Patriot Day and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony.

Remembering Sept. 11
A somber Patriot Day ceremony was held Sept. 8 to honor the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The event was held at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., Veterans Museum. Guest speakers included officials from Hillsborough County and fire rescue and emergency response agencies. The program included a Procession of the Beam, which featured a segment of iron beam from the Twin Towers, Ringing of the Bell, and a rifle salute followed by "Taps."

High school students from Riverview High School, Alonso High School, and King High School attended. Additional students from Lutz K-8 School and Hillsborough County Children's Services Lake Magdalene group home were also at the event. Following the ceremony, students were encouraged to participate in a meet-and-greet with veterans, service members, and emergency responders.

View highlights of the Patriot Day ceremony on Hillsborough County's YouTube channel.

Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum is at 3602 U.S. 301 N., Tampa, FL 33619. Learn more about the park and museum and view aerial videos on the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum Highlights webpage.


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