County will take part in national 9/11 memorial

Hoke County will take part in a special ceremony happening nation-wide this September 11 to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks of 20 years ago.

The county was chosen as one of 60 communities across the country to participate in the first annual National Flag of Honor Across America Memorials. Organizer Brandy McPherson presented the information to the Hoke County Board of Commissioners last week.

The county will host a ceremony September 11 that will include reading the names and information of 50 of the people who died in the attacks. The county received a special American flag imprinted with the names of the people who died on 9/11. The flag visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York where the Twin Towers once stood before it was delivered to the county. The flag is registered specifically to Hoke County, McPherson said.

Besides the ceremony and the flag, the commemorative event will also include efforts to improve communities across the country.

“Part of that program is organizing community service projects with the national 9/11 day, so we’re doing that with our Open Door Soup Kitchen here in Hoke County,” McPherson said.

September 11 falls on a Saturday this year. The community service projects will take place after the memorial.

The National Flag of Honor Across America Memorial in Hoke County is being organized by Hoke County Teen Court. It is led nationally by Global Youth Justice and funded by that agency and the Federal Agency AmeriCorps National Day of Service.

The event is set to start at 8:30 a.m. September 11 and will be held at Freedom Park in downtown Raeford, at the corner of Main Street and East Central Avenue. For information on volunteer opportunities, call (910) 987-7639.

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