Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and across the nation, Americans mourned and honored the nearly 3,000 people who died in that day. In Athens, citizens memorialized the event with a rather unique ceremony on a nearby farm.
The Red and Black reports over 200 Athens residents attended the ceremony that was held on local resident Bob Hart’s farm this past Sunday. The ceremony took place in the woods along the memorial trail that was built there over a decade ago.
The trail features structures and markers along its path, each one representing the various locations where American died that day: the World Trade Center’s North and South towers, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Many of the markers bare the names of the victims.
Former Athens mayor Doc Eldridge opened the ceremony, which featured music by the bands Hawk Proof Roosters and The New Horizons. Speakers in the event included Eldridge, members of the theatre group Athens Town and Gown Association, and Hart himself.
Once the speakers concluded, attendees were encouraged to walk the trail and observe the commemorative markers.
Later, the names of the victims of the attacks were read aloud.
Hart created the memorial trail in 2002. On every five-year anniversary of the attacks, he hosts a ceremony as a reminder of those lost and the impact the day had on the United States.
According to Hart, the memorial trail is not closed now that the ceremony is over but remains open to those who wish to remember and commemorate.
“The trail is open to the public any time anybody wants to come out here and walk around,” Hart said.
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