JACKSONVILLE– The front lawn of Bibb Graves Hall will be the site of Jacksonville State University’s annual September 11 Remembrance Service, hosted by the JSU ROTC.
This year, in addition to remembering all the victims of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and in the sky over Shanksville, Pa., the service will honor Army Maj. Dwayne Williams, a Jacksonville native who lost his life at the Pentagon. The focus will also be on the 403 firefighters, paramedics, police and port authority officers killed in the line of duty on September 11, 2001.
A fleet of emergency and military vehicles including a M113 Fox light combat vehicle will form the backdrop for the service, which begins at 8:10 a.m. A color guard made up of firefighters, police officers and soldiers will post the colors, and local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 502 will present the fallen soldier ceremony as well as a 21-gun salute. Personnel from nearly every area law enforcement agency and fire department will attend, along with area mayors and representatives from Anniston Army Depot and McClellan.
Mrs. Pearl Williams, mother of Maj. Dwayne Williams, has also been invited to attend. Mrs. Williams is a frequent speaker at September 11 services, and continues to honor her son’s memory through a scholarship foundation established in his name at JSU.