By Debby Teich
On the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the City of Pembroke Pines will come together to remember those who lost their lives. On September 11, the Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony will begin at 8:30am, at the new City Center Memorial, located at 601 City Center Way, immediately west of the Charles F. Dodge City Center City Hall.
The City welcomes survivors and local fire fighters, police task force units, and those who assisted during the recovery periods to be a part of the ceremony. The Remembrance Ceremony will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the City of Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Department Honor Guards. It will also include guest speakers, community leaders, and patriotic music featuring local school bands and area musicians.
Guests can visit the Memorial Pavilion, which was created by local artists Felix Gonzalez and Benoit Menasche. It contains a series of steel sculptures, including a 13-foot-tall firefighter, two twisted towers, and a little girl. It also has a four-sided relief made from a nine-ton cube of Italian marble. Each side represents something different – shock, grief, acceptance and rebuilding.
Carlos Rodriguez of Pembroke Pines lost his cousin in the Twin Towers. “Every time I see the Memorial Pavilion I think of my cousin, as well as all of the other victims, survivors and people who assisted in the recovery,” said Rodriguez. “I visit the memorial throughout the year, as well as on September 11.”
The community is invited to view and participate in the City of Pembroke Pines “Salute OUR Soldiers” pictorial display inside Pembroke Pines City Hall. Pembroke Pines residents can submit non-returnable photos of loved ones, living and/or deceased, who have served in the United States Military, for display on the “Salute OUR Soldiers” Patriots Wall located inside City Hall.
For information, call 954-392-2116, send an email to FNovo@ppines.com or visit www.ppines.com.