Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Milton police, fire to take part in 9/11 ceremonies.

Courtesy City of Milton GA

City of Milton police, fire, staff and elected officials are supporting two student-led Sept. 11 ceremonies at Cambridge and Milton high schools remembering the victims of the heinous attacks on the United States.

“It is our duty to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Milton police Chief Deborah Harrell. “The local youth taking on these projects are truly special, and deserve to be supported fully.”

Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar agreed. “We’re proud to take part in these ceremonies,” said Edgar. “That our young people are the ones carrying them out just makes it more special.”


Milton High student Savannah Bailey is organizing the sixth year of Milton’s Sept. 11 display, an honor she inherited from her brother, Zach. Beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Bailey and volunteers will place 2,977 flags on the front lawn of the school – one for each life lost during the attacks.

If you are interested in volunteering to help place flags at the school, contact Bailey at (678) 237-3303 or by e-mail at

The next morning at 8 a.m. there will be a short memorial service to commemorate the lives lost in the attacks.

All aspects of the event are open to the public, said Bailey, and residents are invited to reflect on the display throughout the day. 

“I have decided to take over the tradition of preparing the Sept. 11 memorial at Milton High School as a reminder of the great loss our country suffered and as a visual reminder of the lives lost and those who gave their lives to help others,” said Bailey.


For the second year in a row, Cambridge High junior Caroline Willis enlisted her fellow students and community members to help organize the school’s 9/11: Never Forget Memorial.

“The goal of the project is to show people that each person who passed away is not just a number,” said Willis. “Every single person had family, friends and people who cared about them.”

Willis and her group will place also 2,977 American flags on the front lawn of Cambridge High School. The community is invited to visit the memorial throughout the day to pay tribute to those who lost their lives and to the men and women who have been fighting for our country, oversees and within the nation ever since. A memorial book will be on site for those who wish to pen their thoughts.

In addition to the flag display, on the morning of Sept. 11 the Cambridge chorus will be singing the National Anthem through the announcements.

For more information about this effort, contact Christina Willis at or 770-815-9295.

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