NEVER FORGET!!!

THAT’S A PROMISE WE AS A COUNTRY MADE 20 YEARS AGO. To commemorate the 20th anniversary and honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks, here are 5 things around SWFL that you can do to help show your unwavering support on 9/11.

CAPE CORAL

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the Cape Coral Fire Department along with the City of Cape Coral and Cape Coral Police Department will be hosting a remembrance ceremony on Saturday, September 11 on the front lawn outside of City Hall Council Chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., beginning at 8:30 am.

The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the Cape Coral Fire and Police Honor Guards, a moment of silence, an invocation, and remarks from Mayor John Gunter, Police Chief Tony Sizemore, and Fire Chief Ryan Lamb.

The ceremony will end with attendees staking 2,977 American flags, each with a name of a victim of the attacks, in the front lawn of City Hall to honor their memory and reaffirming that “We Will Never Forget.” The ceremony is free and open to the public.

“We invite the community to join us as we commemorate the events from 20 years ago and remember those we lost and honor those who with dignity and courage made the ultimate sacrifice to help others,” said Fire Chief Ryan Lamb.

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FORT MYERS

The Southwest Florida community is invited to join first responders and public officials at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in downtown Fort Myers for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that will mark the 20th year since the terrorist attack. The event will be at Caloosa Sound Convention Center, 1374 Monroe St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. It’s free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m.

An array of agencies and organizations – including law enforcement, fire, public safety and airlines – will conduct the ceremony, which is expected to last about 90 minutes. The remembrance ceremony includes a national colors presentation, patriotic music and the reading of names of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Brief comments from officials will be made, including Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson, Fort Myers Councilman Johnny Streets, Lee County Commission Chairman Kevin Ruane and Florida State Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka.

The group of volunteers and first responders who are planning the event want to allow the community to “remember our heroes – the ones who served, the ones who are still serving and the ones who paid the ultimate price,” said Chief Tracy McMillion of the Fort Myers Fire Department who also serves as vice-chairman of the Lee County Fire Chiefs’ Association.

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NAPLES

The public is cordially invited to join Collier County Freedom Memorial Foundation in remembering and honoring the first responders and civilians who were lost that day.

The event begins at 6:30 pm with a flyover by Air Force veteran and pilot, Major Jessica Sterns, followed by a brief invocation/prayer. This ceremony is brief as there is no seating and social distancing will be practiced.

Complementary white luminaries, which may be personalized, and flameless candles will be provided free of charge throughout the evening. The luminaries will be placed around the memorial and will remain lit throughout the night.

For attendees at the candlelight remembrance this evening, there is additional parking 1/4 mile west of the Freedom Park entrance at the Iberia Bank building on the corner of Goodlette Frank and Golden Gate Parkway. Please consider bringing water and a chair as refreshments and seating are not provided.

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NORTH FORT MYERS

The Shell Factory and Nature Park is honored to host a Celebration of the American Spirit in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Located at 16554 N. Cleveland Avenue in North Fort Myers, the event will start at 11:00 a.m. with a remembrance ceremony beginning at 12:16 p.m., the exact time air traffic was grounded in the U.S.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the lives of the victims and emergency responders whom we lost on that tragic day 20 years ago,” Pam Cronin said.

NBC2 News Anchor Peter Busch will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Other special appearances include: the Lee County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad division, the LCSO Honor Guard performing TAPS, Cape Coral Fire Department fire trucks, the Patriot Riders of America motorcycle club, the Hero Jeep, the Military Museum Bus, and live music from the Pure Country Band.

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PUNTA GORDA

Please join the Military Heritage Museum for a special tribute to all First Responders for their service.

Highlights of the 9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony include firsthand testimonials from those who were there and comments from the leadership of our local police, fire and sheriff departments.

Featuring Public Programs (free): Gulf Theater: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; Museum Atrium: 9/11 Remembrance Exhibit 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Documentary: 102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA 1:00 PM Showings in the Gulf Theater. *Included with admission fee. First Responders receive free admission on September 11.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

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