Cherokee County came together Wednesday morning to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on American soil.
Patriots’ Day ceremonies were held on this morning at the
Public Safety Memorial, located next to the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse in downtown Canton.
The event is held each year to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful morning on Sept. 11, 2001.
Tim Cavender, public information officer for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
The first speaker for the morning was Cherokee County Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens, who gave the morning’s official welcome. He was followed by the Rev. Adam Scott, youth minister from Antioch Christian Church, who gave the invocation.
The presentation of the flags by the Cherokee County Joint Public Safety Color Guard and the singing of the national anthem by the Cherokee High School Chorus under the direction of Brad Ellis followed Scott's remarks.
District 1 Commissioner Harry Johnston came forward to lead everyone in a moment of silence. Cherokee County Clerk of Courts Patty Baker introduced the guest speaker of the event, Major General Jim Butterworth, the adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard.
The adjutant general of Georgia is responsible for more than 14,000 personnel in the Georgia Department of Defense, which includes the Georgia Army National Guard, the Georgia Air National Guard, and the Georgia State Defense Force.
After Butterworth’s speech, a wreath was laid at the Public Safety Memorial by Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather and Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison.
The Cherokee High School chorus sang "America the Beautiful" followed by Christina Camarata, who sang "God Bless the USA."
Closing remarks were made by Cherokee County District 2 Commissioner Raymond
Gunnin, followed by the playing of Amazing Grace on the bagpipes by Scott
King with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.