9/11 Memorial Service


Saturday, Sep. 11, 2021


10AM - 11AM

Saturday Sept. 11 @ 10:00 am

Master of Ceremonies

John Wilson

Keynote Speaker

Garrett Lindgren, Retired FDNY

Musical Guest Lee Greenwood

A legend in country music, Lee Greenwood has had seven #1 songs & 25 charted singles. He has won numerous industry awards including, Male Vocalist of the Year and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance. The CMA also named “God Bless The U.S.A.” its Song of the Year in 1985.

“God Bless the USA” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also #1 on the pop charts after 9/11/01. In addition, CBS News voted “God Bless The U.S.A.” the most recognizable patriotic song in America. The song has also been in several movies and is now part of the film shown by The Department of Homeland Security when new citizens are sworn in to the United States.

Greenwood says; “USA is the song I always felt the need to write. I wanted to have something that would unite Americans from coast to coast and to instill pride back in the United States. The song represents my family, my community and those men and women who have paid the price for the freedoms we all love and enjoy.”

Arrive Early! Event parking is limited. Once parking is full, admission will be closed.

Twin Light Beams Lighting the Sky

On September 9, 10 and 11, from 8 - 10:00 pm, Curlew Hills will display two enormous beams of light projected from the memorial site. The giant twin beams will shine 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. Please drive by as they light up the night sky and serve as a beacon of remembrance.

Facebook Live

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.

A 9/11 Student Essay Contest

Students grades 6 – 8 in Pinellas County are invited to participate in an essay writing contest with the theme "My 9/11 Hero". The first place winner received $500 and the second place winner received $250. The first place winner will have the opportunity to read his or her essay at the 9/11 ceremony. We hope this essay contest serves as inspiration for students to strengthen their appreciation of the events on September 11th, 2001. Deadline for entries is September 1.

?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 “My 9/11 Hero”. 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. In previous years there were approximately 500 pieces of art displayed. Elementary schools participating this year are Curlew Creek, Ozona, Westlake Christian School and Sutherland.

Other Event Highlights:

Event Attendance: Approximately 2000

The 9-11 Program also will include: Honor Guards, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Flyover, U.S. Coast Guard Flyover. Master of Ceremonies will be former Fox 13 TV News Anchor John Wilson. 

This is an outdoor event. Guests are encouraged to bring sun protection and arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Arrive Early! Parking is limited. Once parking is full, admission will be closed.

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