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City of Suwanee unveils their 9/11 artifact during candelight ceremony tonight
City of Suwanee unveils their 9/11 artifact during candelight ceremony tonight

Suwanee - Candlelight, bagpipes, and goose bumps will be on order when Suwanee remembers loss, courage, and resilience during a 10th anniversary 9/11 commemorative ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 10, at Town Center Park. Area residents are invited to attend this free event at which the 1,638-pound World Trade Center artifact that the City of Suwanee has acquired will be unveiled.

The City obtained the artifact, which has been named Remembrance, from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in July. The piece, an exterior panel from the 101st-104th floors of one of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed on September 11, 2001, is described as the lower one-third of three columns, but is so twisted and damaged that it’s difficult to distinguish the three columns.

In addition to the unveiling, the September 10 candlelight remembrance ceremony will honor public safety officials and others. Police, fire, and EMT officials from throughout Gwinnett County have been invited to the event. Fire trucks and police vehicles will be on display as part of the ceremony.

“We’re planning a respectful, reverent, spine-tingling event,” says Office Administrator Billie Marshall, who, along with police and fire officials and other City staff members, has organized the ceremony. “We really want to pay homage to our public safety officials, our community, and this sacred artifact.”

Following the ceremony, Town Center Cinema will show World Trade Center, a 2006 Oliver Stone movie starring Nicholas Cage. The movie is rated PG-13 for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images, and language. If you’re staying for the movie, bring chairs and blankets. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase; alcohol may not be brought to the park.

Remembrance will remain on exhibit at Town Center Park at least through Suwanee Day on September 17. The City currently is considering permanent locations for display of the artifact.

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