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Lions Club plans 9/11 tribute Sunday

Retired from the New York City Fire Department, Pickens County resident Danny Fink was a paramedic responding to the attack on the World Trade Center the Tuesday of September 11, 2001. He is shown in the New York City Fire Dept. EMS dress uniform. Fink recalls the rescue response to the terrorist attacks in an article in this week's print edition.



To honor those who were killed in the tragic collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers on September 11, 2001, the Jasper Lions Club will host a memorial ceremony this Sunday, September 11, at Lee Newton Park.

Patriot Day is a national day of mourning, occurring on September 11 of each year.

Ten years ago on that day, 2,977 lives were lost, from civilians to first responders and other law officers and personnel.

In Jasper, the Patriot Day observance will begin at 8:15 p.m. with a candlelight ceremony to memorialize those who died.

Pickens resident and former New York City Firefighter, Danny Fink, who was a first responder the day of the tragedy, will then offer a prayer, followed by Lakeisha Myles, who will read a poem inspired by the day that changed Americans’ lives forever.

Fink will also present a special coin to the family of Sgt. David Collins, the Pickens County man who was killed on April 9, 2006 while stationed in Ar-Ramadi, Iraq.

The evening will close with trumpeter Leslie Miller playing Taps.

The Lions Club invites the public to attend this poignant event, also intended to memorialize those men and women who died at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and on United Airlines Flights 93 and 175, and American Airlines Flights 77 and 11 on the same day.

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