The public is encouraged to attend the 21st annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022. The event will take place in front of the 9/11 Memorial at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s office, 940 New Salem Highway.
Outline of Activities
Tennessee Army National Guard Col. Mark Tyndall will be the keynote speaker and address the price of freedom. Tyndall serves as director of strategic plans and policy at the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Tennessee Army National Guard. The colonel earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and masters’ degrees from the American Military University and the United States Army War College. He earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Kosovo Campaign Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
In addition, the Riverdale Women’s Chorale will sing patriotic songs and trumpeters from MTSU’s School of Music will play “Taps.” Smyrna Fire Department, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services and the Sheriff’s Office honor guards will participate.
Remember 9/11 Monument
For those who were not living here in 2001, the monument’s focus is a 3,000-pound I-beam from Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. It is supported by three pedestals representing firefighters, law enforcement officers and paramedics. The artifact is situated at a 30-degree angle and point towards New York City. The firefighter’s column is the tallest, since that agency suffered the most fatalities.
A two-level concrete base holds the memorial with the “Pledge of Allegiance” inscribed around it. Four urns on each corner represent the innocent citizens flying on four airplanes the terrorists crashed into the two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a farm field in Pennsylvania. The flight numbers are inscribed on a brass band around each urn.
Four flagpoles stand at each corner and fly the U.S. and state of Tennessee flags while rotating the 9-11 flag and those of the military branches. Rutherford County’s 9/11 Memorial at the Sheriff’s Office was built for approximately $30,000 and was dedicated 9/11/2011, a decade after the terrorist’s attack on America.