Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Across State, 9/11 and Its Victims Are Remembered; 'I Wanted to Be There. It's in Your Blood,' Glynn Fire Official Says

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Across State, 9/11 and Its Victims Are Remembered; 'I Wanted to Be There. It's in Your Blood,' Glynn Fire Official Says

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | Students fell silent at the times of two horrific explosions 12 years earlier as College of Coastal Georgia observed the anniversary of 9/11.

As that 8:30 a.m. observance continued, Glynn County firefighters and others gathered at the county's Ballard Fire Station to remember those who rushed toward their imminent deaths to assist those in the World Trade Center's twin towers that were struck at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m.

Those were two of the many observances around the state.

The city of Suwanee planned to dedicate a piece of a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers Wednesday evening as a Sept. 11 memorial.

The 1,600-pound fragment was given to the city of Suwanee by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey two years ago.

In Atlanta, the police and fire departments marked the anniversary with a morning ceremony at the Public Safety Headquarters on Peachtree Street.

At Georgia Tech, about 3,000 miniature American flags are flying to represent those who were killed in the terrorist attacks.

Just after 9 a.m. at Glynn County's Ballard Station, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Marat told of watching the horror on TV as it became clear that what had been perceived as a terrible accident was in reality a deliberate attack.

"I wanted to be there. It's in your blood,'' Marat said. It is the nature of firefighters and police to help people, he said.

Ultimately, the rescuers would be among the 3,000 who died that day in the crashes of three jet airliners into buildings and a fourth in a Pennsylvania field.

Marat also spoke of the way life in America was altered with scanners at government buildings and other measures to prevent future attacks.

As they do every year, Woodmen of the World Lodge 320 presented the department with a new American flag that the firefighters ran to the top of the pole, then lowered to half-staff. …

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