Sunday evening just after sunset, over 200 mourners gathered on the lawn of Lee Newton Park in Jasper to remember those who died on September 11, 2001.
Luminaries snaked up both sides of the pathway leading to the covered pavilion where presenters spoke about the tragic event that shook America over one decade ago.
Hill City Boy Scouts opened up the ceremony with Pledge of Allegiance and presentation of the flag.
While the memorial service occurred on the anniversary of 9/11, many of the presenters, which included Pickens resident and former New York Fire Fighter Danny Fink, a first responder the day of the tragedy, and Lion’s member Sgt. Marget Weatherby of the Georgia National Guard, also honored Sgt. David Collins, the Pickens man who was killed on April 9, 2006 while stationed in Ar-Ramadi, Iraq.
In one of the most touching moments of the evening, Fink presented the family of Sgt. Collins with a coin made from the metal taken from the World Trade Center Twin Towers and thanked him for his service to the nation.
Fink told the crowd he had been carrying the coin in his pocket for a decade.
Weatherby also recited a moving poem her daughter Lakeisha Myles wrote just after Weatherby was deployed following the 9/11 attacks.
Joy Huddleston of the Lions Club somberly chimed a hand bell to honor the victims and the evening closed with Leslie Miller’s playing of Taps.
The Lions Club of Jasper organized the event.