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On Saturday, September 11th, 2021, Bladen County citizens gathered to pay tribute to the fallen victims of 9/11 and honor first responders. Saturday marked the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil on September 11th, 2001.

An estimated one hundred people paused for about an hour at the Bladen County Courthouse lawn for the memorial event that began at 7 pm. As the event started, a plane swept the sky, the Colors were presented, and the Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell welcomed everyone to the event.

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“It was a tragic day,” Mayor Campbell said, “and one that we will never forget.” She then asked all first responders and healthcare providers to stand to be recognized for their jobs in helping the community.

“You are our heroes,” Mayor Campbell added.

Rev. Cameron McGill then spoke about the impact of 9-11 and how unity is essential. The Ussery family sang patriotic songs, and the Mighty Echoes entertained the crowd with gospel music.

The Bladen County Board of County Commissioners and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.

Watch clips from the event on our YouTube Channel linked below.