Brown County residents will be low-key in their remembrances today of the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks that ended in tragic jetliner crashes in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
In remembrance of the 9-1-1 tragedy, this morning’s Brownwood City Council meeting will begin with posting of the colors and invocation by a combination Fire and Police Honor Guard, City Manager Bobby Rountree said. The Honor Guard will consist of Lt. Kyle Whitley and Captain Robert Myers from the fire department, and Fred Bastardo and Zane Taylor from the police department. The council meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at city hall.
Nationally, the day has been designated as Patriot Day.
The Brownwood Salvation Army Service Center will host a ceremony beginning at 8:15 a.m. Part of the program will involve the unveiling of a new flag pole donated to the center by Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Lodge No. 45, Donna Harris, service center director, said.
“We thought Sept. 11, 2012, would be the right time to raise the Lodge’s 9-11 flag reflecting the names of the first responders and those whose lives were claimed that day,” Harris said. “The ceremony will then reflect the moments of the crashes, and Blake Holleman of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Lodge will talk about their part in remembering Sept. 11, 2001.”
The program will be opened in prayer by Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes. Guadalupe Galvan will sing, and several of the community’s first responders will offer remarks. The ceremony will end with the raising of the American flag and a salute. The public is invited.
Elsewhere, CARE Nursing and Rehab will serve a come-and-go pancake breakfast for emergency responders in the area from 8 to 10 a.m. in the CARE Retirement Apartments dining room.