Woodmen of the World Chapter 1975 in Adairsville, in conjunction with the Bartow County Parks and Recreation Department, will hold an honor and remembrance ceremony at Manning Mill Park in Adairsville on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., the event will feature Michael Korsch, a firefighter in the Twin Towers on 9/11, as the guest speaker. Adairsville High School JROTC will present the colors, and a new flagpole, flag and plaque will be dedicated at the park.
Woodmen of the World also will retire flags and present new ones; the public may bring flags to retire at that time.
Woodmen of the World members and associates organize similar events each year, according to a press release. Since 2002, WOW chapters have dedicated flagpoles and presented flags.
“Those ceremonies not only honor the heroes and victims of 9-11, but also men and women of our Armed Forces, active and retired,” the release stated. “In addition we pay tribute to the men and women in our community who risk their lives daily to keep us safe, police officers, firefighters, emergency rescue personnel and other first responders.”
The ceremony is open to all public servants and the community is invited.
Also Thursday, a 9-mile walk through downtown Cartersville and up Pine Mountain will mark the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
March To The Mountain will begin at 8 a.m. with check-in at the West Loop of Pine Mountain with departure at 8:15 a.m. There is no fee to participate.
According to the March To The Mountain Facebook page, “Please walk with us to honor those that have lost their lives, lost family members, first responders, those that actively serve and are on reserve. ... This is a celebration for the freedom of America and to take time out to remember what happened on 9/11.”