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POSTED: September 12, 2012 10:33 a.m.
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A group of soldiers from Fort Stewart salute the American flag during the national anthem after local members of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts posted the colors Sunday at Pembroke Christian Church during a remembrance service to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

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More than 200 people gathered at Pembroke Christian Church on Highway 280 Sunday to pay homage to those involved in and affected by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Sponsored by the Pembroke Ministerial Alliance, the service honored representatives from Bryan County Emergency Services, Pembroke Police Department, Bryan County Sheriff’s Department, Pembroke Fire Department and soldiers from Fort Stewart.
“It is important that we remember what we are here for today in remembrance of 9/11 — it is something that we will never forget,” said Pembroke Christian Church Pastor Jim Sullivan as he offered opening remarks.
The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts presented the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the Pledge to the Christian Flag and the “Star Spangled Banner” sung by Andy Stallings.
After Pembroke Mayor Mary Warnell introduced special guest state Rep. Jan Tankersly, R-Brooklet, City Council members, county commissioners and Board of Education members, keynote speaker Lt. Col. Nathan M. Swartz, commander of the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, spoke about how the country has changed and adapted since that September day.
“9/11 changed more than the skyline of New York City,” he said. “The attacks changed a generation of Americans and our world. That day’s destruction and devastation did not condemn this country to be a country with a future filled with fear. No, this loss, as profound as it was, did not break this nation — it made us stronger.”

Read more in the Sept. 12 edition of the News.

 

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