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Several September 11 tribute ceremonies in Broward

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While the war in Iraq may be “officially” over as of August 10, this weekend many Americans will be waving flags. This Saturday is September 11, and the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center that killed over 3,000 people and shocked the United States.

And if you aren’t waving a flag, Broward resident Henry Gould is encouraging Americans to wave a flag.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in  American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood  shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared,” said Gould. “Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.”

Gould is asking everyone to display a flag to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks as well as those fighting abroad. While Iraq is officially over, war is still ongoing in Afghanistan, with at least 30 American soldiers killed last week overseas.

Several local memorials for 9/11 happen this weekend. Coral Springs is hosting its annual memorial to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

This year, the ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the memorial outside the Northwest Regional Library, . The event, originally during the evening hours, was moved to the morning to be closer to the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

There also will be a wreath laying at the monument followed by a brief tribute by the City’s police and fire chiefs.

The Police, Fire and JP Taravella’s ROTC Honor Guards, along with the Coral Springs Firefighters Pipes and Drums Corps will perform. The J.P. Taravella and Coral Springs Charter School High School bands are also scheduled to perform.

Current military members and veterans are encouraged to attend. For more information, call or e-mail .


On Saturday, September 11, at 9:00 a.m., Sunrise will host a ceremony in honor of the heroes, victims and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. This observance will take place in the rotunda of the Sunrise Civic Center (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise 33351). There will be comments from distinguished speakers, as well as music, light refreshments, and the presentation of colors.

After the ceremony, view our commemorative “Honoring September 11, 2001″ exhibit in the Civic Center Art Gallery. For more information, call (

Broward Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale

Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 33312

Members of the public are invited to attend as the tragic events of September 11, 2001 are remembered and commemorated at a ceremony outside the headquarters of the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

The memorial service has become a tradition for BSO. A piece of steel from the collapsed World Trade Center is on permanent display in the lobby of the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building.

Saturday’s ceremony will be led by Sheriff Al Lamberti and Chaplain Rick Braswell. Several speakers have agreed to share their perspectives on the terrorist attack.

Mickey Kross served as a lieutenant with the Fire Department of New York City and responded to the scene at the World Trade Center on September 11. He was inside the North Tower and miraculously escaped death when it collapsed. Mickey subsequently volunteered to do search and recovery missions at the site and worked there for many months. His amazing story was recently featured on the History Channel in a documentary called “Miracle in Stairway B”.

Ronald Wasson was a Full Inspector with the New York Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit and retired in 2002 following 22 years of service. Inspector Wasson will share his recollections of that fateful day nine years ago.

Major General (Ret.) George W.S. Read served in the United States Army for 37 years in several commands and received numerous awards and decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster). General Read will reflect on the attack and its impact on our nation and the world.




9:30AM – 10:30AM




5:30PM – 6:30PM

South Florida 9/11 Caravan

From JoJo Von Hohenzollern.

This is a commemorative caravan dedicated to the men, women and children killed during 9/11 and those heroic people who gave their lives in responding on September 11th, 2001. The caravan will attempt to travel throughout Broward County from sunrise to sunset (7:07 AM to 7:25 PM), possibly reaching certain points in West Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. People are welcome to join in and drop out at anytime during the drive. An established network of roads with possible stops, to pay tribute and join our fellow Americans on some events dedicated for this day of remembrance, is included. If you would like to find out our location at any given time during the day to join us anywhere along the route, please call us at the numbers listed at the end. Also, you can join us during the planned stops along the route (see attached map).

• Initial caravan participants will meet at the Coral Ridge shopping center (Target) parking lot, located at the NE corner of Oakland Park Blvd and Federal Highway (US1). We will strive to depart at exactly 7:06 AM (dawn’s first light) and head south along Federal Highway. Please top-off your fuel tank prior to arriving, and bring food and water.

• Participants will need to display their American flag(s) from their vehicles in some appropriate and safe fashion. Because this is a day that the flag is to be flown at half-staff, and because most will fly ‘car flags’, you will need to attach a “mourning ribbon” to the top of the ‘flag pole’ (a rubber band might work well). This black ribbon is to be roughly the width of one of the stripes and as long as the flag. No political signs (other than bumper stickers) and no obscene language will be allowed if you wish to join us. We need to be mindful here about the purpose of this event; honoring those who perished on 9/11 and remembering never to let it happen again.

• We will drive slowly, generally in the area of 25 mph. We will attempt to use the ‘middle’ lane of the roadways, and we must obey all traffic laws (new traffic cameras will generate tickets for the tiniest infraction). This year 9/11 falls on a Saturday and as a result traffic will be heavier the whole day. Everyone is responsible for their own actions and choices. As structured as we would wish it to be, it will not run as clockwork.

• The caravan will be lead by ‘The Flag Truck’, which initiated the route 9 years ago. The largest, best displays of the day will follow immediately behind it, descending in order down to cars with single American flags flying. The Flag Truck plays loud patriotic type music non-stop, except as noted below.

• Times to be acknowledged in silence will be:

8:46 AM Flight 11 WTC, Tower 1 NYC, New York
9:03 AM Flight 175 WTC, Tower 2 NYC, New York
9:45 AM Flight 77 The Pentagon Washington, DC
10:03 AM Flight 93 Shanksville field Pennsylvania

• Anticipated stops / attendance / drive-by’s along the way may include:

1. Broward Sheriffs Office HQ
8:30 AM – 9/11 Memorial Service
2601 W Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

2. Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum
9:30 AM – 9/11 Memorial Service
1022 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

3. private building (former 9/11 terrorist motel location)
10:30 AM – 9/11 terrorist
2501 N Ocean Drive (A1A), Fort Lauderdale

4. private Home (former 9/11 terrorist rear apartment location)
10:45 AM – 9/11 terrorist
4641 Bougainvilla Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

5. Mile High Travel (9/11 terrorists ordered airline tickets here)
11:00 AM – 9/11 terrorist
250a Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

6. empty lot, Apt 3A (former 9/11 terrorist apartment location)
11:30 AM – 9/11 terrorist
1818 Jackson Street, Hollywood

7. Islamic Center of South Florida
12:00 PM -1641 NW 15th Street, Pompano Beach

8. Islamic Center of Boca Raton (satellite mosque)
1:00 PM
8658 NW 44th Street, Lauderhill

9. private apartment 122 (former 9/11 terrorist apartment location)
1:30 PM – 9/11 terrorist
10001 W Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs

10. Loyal Order of Moose Lodge (Allen West: 9/11 speech)
5:30 PM – 9/11 Memorial Service
6191 Rock Island Road, Tamarac

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