Bell will ring five times for 9/11 victims at ceremony

Becky Campbell • Sep 4, 2019 at 8:15 PM

At 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, a bell will ring five times at the Memorial Park Community Center amphitheater to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The actual ceremony “will start precisely at 8:30 a.m.,” Bryan Lauzon, post commander for the American Legion’s Kings Mountain Post 24, said. That will give enough time for introductions so the bell can ring at the exact time the first plane hit one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001.

Each tone will be for victims killed when each tower was hit by an airliner, the victims from the plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania farm field, the victims from the plane that hit the Pentagon and the last ring will be for the emergency responders who have died as a result of health issues they developed from working at Ground Zero in New York.

“It’s a very short ceremony,” Lauzon said. “It’s intended to remember and to honor and thank our community first responders. We don’t want to bring back the ugliness, but we want to remember and thank our first responders — firemen, police, EMS — who are out there protecting us every day.”

This will be the third year the American Legion has hosted the remembrance event and will feature a joint honor guard comprised of members from the Johnson City Police Department, Johnson City Fire Department and Washington County/Johnson City EMS.

The amphitheater is located on East Main Street, across the street from City Hall and next to the post office.