The McKinney Fire and Police Departments invite the public to a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, in observance of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and take place at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney, 6053 Weiskopf Ave.
“We are excited about the plans for the 9/11 ceremony, particularly because this format allows the community to give voice to those names who were silenced in the attack that day,” said Assistant Fire Chief Frank Roma.
Prior to the start of the ceremony, citizens will be given the opportunity to read off some of the names of those who were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Employees of American Airlines and United Airlines are also invited to read the names of those lost on aircrafts flown by their respective airlines.
The readings will begin at 7:46 a.m. to coincide with the time the first World Trade Center tower was attacked. The list of about 3,000 names will be broken down into groups and assigned to the various volunteers. This portion of the 9-11 ceremony is expected to last approximately two and a half to three hours. Readers will be given a specific time frame to read within and are not required to be present during the entire reading period but are welcome to do so.
If you are interested in volunteering to read names, please contact Assistant Fire Chief Frank Roma at firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups and individuals are welcome. The deadline for requesting to read will be Aug. 12. Additional information about the event will be announced as the program is confirmed.