The city of Ocoee remembered the events of Sept. 11, 2001, with a somber yet patriotic ceremony on the lawn of the Withers-Maguire House Saturday, Sept. 11. The program included the presentation of the flags and a moment of silence for those whose lives were lost in the terrorist attacks.
Ocoee Police Officer Duane Hunt performed the national anthem, Police Chaplain Keith Tower gave the invocation, and Deputy Fire Chief Tom Smothers and Police Chief Saima Plasencia made comments. Jimmy Brown, former firefighter with the New York Fire Department at the time of the attacks on the World Trade Center, was the keynote speaker.
The city’s 9/11 memorial — a piece of a steel beam from the WTC buildings — was on display, and American flags were placed on the lawn to honor those who died 20 years ago.
The memorial event was hosted by the city’s Citizens Advisory Council for the Ocoee Police Department.