Metro Atlanta events to honor 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

The Kiwanis Club of Marietta organized the Field of Flags, an event held every years to memorialize the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Participants gathered Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Grace Community Church on Kennesaw Avenue and marched with American flags to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. (Photo: Daniel Varnado for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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The Kiwanis Club of Marietta organized the Field of Flags, an event held every years to memorialize the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Participants gathered Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Grace Community Church on Kennesaw Avenue and marched with American flags to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. (Photo: Daniel Varnado for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Numerous events are scheduled Saturday around the metro area and throughout the nation to observe the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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DEKALB COUNTY

11 a.m.: 9/11 Interfaith Service will be held outdoors at Ebster Pavilion, located at Trinity and Electric avenues in Decatur. The event is hosted by representatives from a variety of faith traditions and the City of Decatur. Masks are required.

CHEROKEE COUNTY

7 p.m.: 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Park at City Center at 101 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.

CLAYTON COUNTY

8:15 a.m.: The Clayton County Police Department is hosting a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. The event will be streamed at facebook.com/ClaytonCountyPD starting at 8:15 a.m.

10 a.m.: A balloon release will be held at Clayton State University, located at 2000 Clayton State BoulevardMorrow, GA 30260. The event will be held at the campus amphitheater.

COBB COUNTY

7:55 a.m.: The Memorial Service at the Field of Flags will be held at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. The names of the 2,977 victims will be read at the end of the ceremony. Several local police and fire agencies will participate. The Field of Flags will remain in place until Sept. 18.

8:30 a.m.: A 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park at 2800 King Street SE in Smyrna.

8 p.m.: A 9/11 Memorial concert will be held at Morgan Hall in the Bailey Performance Center at Kennesaw State University’s main campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. The concert will be streamed live at arts.kennesaw.edu/concerts-and-events/music.php.

Sept. 12, 8 a.m.: A 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will be hosted by Northwest Family YMCA and held at Allatoona High School, 3300 Dallas Acworth Highway NW, Acworth. Participants can climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs or walk 2,000 steps around the track.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

8:30 a.m.: A 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive, Douglasville.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: A 9/11 Memorial Ride and concert will be held at Harley Davidson of Atlanta, 501 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs. Proceeds benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The route is expected to pass through Douglas, Paulding, and Cobb counties.

FAYETTE COUNTY

8:30 a.m.: The 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Peachtree City City Hall, located at 151 Willowbend Road.

6 p.m.: The Fayette County 9/11 Tribute will be held at the City Center, 210 Stonewall Ave W, Fayetteville. Guest are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and face coverings. Event includes musical performances, helicopter flyer over, vendors, food trucks and public displays.

FULTON COUNTY

8 a.m.: The 9/11 National Day of Service will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building C, Exhibit Hall C4 270 Northside Drive NW. Hundreds of volunteers will pack 200,000 meals for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Volunteers must register in advance and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. To register, visit 9/11 Day (911day.org).

8:30 a.m.: The 9/11 We Remember event will be held on the Alpharetta Town Green, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin will give remarks and Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Chief John Robison, will give the keynote address.

8:30 a.m.: A Patriot Day commemoration event will be held at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

9 a.m.: The Atlanta 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race will take place as part of the National 5K race series. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are welcome. Marine veteran Chuck Segel will be the guest speaker. STATS Brewpub, 300 St NW Suite 101, Atlanta. For more information and to register, see travismanion.org.

GWINNETT COUNTY

8:20 a.m.: The City of Norcross will hold a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Betty Mauldin Park, 65 Lawrenceville Street. The event will include a ringing of the bell at 8:45 a.m. to mark the time the first tower was hit along with some words from Mayor Craig Newton and bagpipe music.

8:30 a.m.: A remembrance ceremony will be held at The Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Representatives from public safety agencies across Gwinnett will join members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to provide remarks and share personal stories, including a firsthand account from District 3 Commissioner Jasper Watkins.

11 a.m.: The documentary “Rebirth” will be screened at the Red Clay Theater, 3116 Main Street in Duluth. The movie follows the nearly 10-year transformation of five people whose lives were forever altered on Sept. 11, 2001. Seating is first-come, first-served.

12 p.m.: The 2,977 Paper Cranes Art Installation will be unveiled in a ceremony at Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St NW, Lilburn. Lilburn resident Daniele Roberts and her family have folded 2,977 origami paper cranes which will be suspended from a large oak tree at the park. Each paper crane has one victim’s name handwritten on it, along with the 20th-anniversary date of 9/11/21.

6 p.m.: The City of Suwanee will host a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Remembrance public art piece on the east side of Town Center Park near Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. The park is located at 330 Town Center Avenue, Suwanee. For more information, see suwanee.com.

PAULDING COUNTY

8:40 a.m.: The Remembering the Heroes ceremony will be held at the 9/11 memorial site at Mt. Tabor Park, 1550 East Paulding Drive in Dallas. This ceremony will be led and sponsored by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Paulding County Fire Department Honor Guard and the Retired New York (RNY) Shields of Georgia. Guests include representatives from the New York police and fire departments. Social distancing will be practiced.