Highlights of the September 11th service include:
Mark Wilson, Master of Ceremony
Mark Wilson is a beloved news anchor on FOX 13. An Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor with more than 20 years’ worth of experience traveling the world and sharing the stories of the people of the Tampa Bay area, Mark would like to think he learned from the best. His father is former FOX 13 anchor John Wilson.
National Anthem - Sonya Bryson-Kirksy, Tampa Bay Lightning Retired US Air Force
God Bless America - Lisa Cane, Pinellas County School Board Member
Twin Light Beams Lighting the Sky
Two days prior to 9-11, (Friday, Sept 9-Sunday, Sept 11) Curlew Hills displays
two enormous beams of light projected from the memorial site. The giant twin
beams shown more than 1000 feet in the sky each evening in likeness to the two
beams of light that shined in New York City following 9-11. It is a magnificent
and emotional sight. It lights up the night sky and serves a beacon of
remembrance. Our 9/11 Memorial Lights will shine bright from 8-10:00 p.m. on September 9, 10 & 11. Rain or shine. Drive by to see this beautiful remembrance!
A 9/11 Student Essay Contest
We are proud to once again sponsor the Gene Gentile Essay Writing Contest. Students grades 6 – 8 in Pinellas County are invited to
participate in an essay writing contest with the theme "How did 9/11
impact the nation?" The first place
winner will receive $500 and the second place winner will receive $250. The first place winner will read his or her
essay at the 9/11 ceremony.
A 9-11 Student Art Display
Students in 4th and 5th grade in nearby elementary schools are invited to create artwork based on the theme "What 9-11 Means to Me". Curlew donates $500 to the art department of each participating school. All this original student artwork will be displayed on large boards for everyone to view at the 9/11 Memorial event. Last year there was approximately 500 pieces of art displayed. Elementary schools participating this year are Curlew Creek, Ozona, Westlake Christian School and Sutherland.
In an effort to bring this special event to people everyone, the 9-11 ceremony will be broadcast on Facebook Live. People from around the world could watch the ceremony as it happens by visiting the Curlew Hills Facebook Page on September 11 at 10 a.m.
Other Event Highlights:
Event Attendance: Approximately 2000
The 9-11 Program also included: Honor Guards, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Flyover, U.S. Coast Guard Flyover, and musical guests. Master of Ceremonies is well known Fox 13 TV News Anchor Mark Wilson.
This is an outdoor event. Guests are encouraged to bring sun protection, folding chairs and arrive early to avoid parking delays.
9-11 Monument Overview
Built in 2012, the one-of-a-kind 9/11 Memorial at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens features twisted piece of steel “floating” in the center, 30 tons of American granite as the towers, and a bright eternal flame at its base. Surrounding the 9/11 memorial itself are large granite monuments with the engraved names of the firefighters who lost their lives at 9/11 – including the K-9 dog who perished that day. Many of the visitors to the 9/11 Memorial take pencil etchings from these monuments.
Benghazi Monument– On the pathway leading to the 9/11 memorial is a one-of-a-kind memorial dedicated to the four men who lost their lives in the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012 – Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former navy seals. It is one of only three memorials in the United States honoring the men in the Benghazi attack.
Rescue & Recovery Workers Monument – This special and one-of-a-kind
monument recognizes the Rescue & Recovery Workers who succumbed to their
illness as a result of working rescue and recovery at the 9/11 site. Experts predict that the
death toll among those sickened by the toxic dust and ash of Ground Zero will
exceed the number of people killed on the day of the 9/11 attacks this year.
This permanent memorial honors the firefighters, police officers, construction
workers, and volunteers who spent time in the rubble of the World Trade Center
in the days or months after the attacks and have since died from illnesses
related to their honorable work. Each year, at the 9-11 Memorial Event, Curlew
Hills will update the number of people on the memorial.
Memorial Bell – The large, beautiful bell that sits adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial has a significant history. It was originally on the last wooden ladder fire truck in New York City. Donated by retired NYC firefighter Joe Daly, the bell was refurbished and now stands at a place of honor in front of the 9/11 Memorial. It is used during the ceremony for the Tolling of the Bell.