Comal Counties will join Americans across the country on Saturday for events marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, which killed 2,977 people, including 343 firefighters and 60 police officers.
The New Braunfels City event begins Saturday at 7:35 am in the Main Plaza with members of the New Braunfels Fire Department and New Braunfels Police Department Honor Guard Department.
The Honor Guard will march from the Central Fire Station downtown on Hill Avenue to Main Plaza to celebrate a ceremony at 7:46 a.m. to commemorate the moment American Airlines Flight 11 entered the North Tower of the World Trade Center in . crashed New York.
“This ceremony will include the half-staff of the American flag being raised and lowered, an invocation, brief remarks from local dignitaries and a performance by the New Braunfels Firefighters Pipes and Drums,” said David Ferguson, the city’s media and communications coordinator.
Traffic around the Main Plaza will be blocked from around 7:30 a.m.
Those wishing to attend the ceremony should gather in the main square near the flagpole and bandstand.
The event will end and traffic in the plaza will normalize again around 8:15 a.m.
For those unable to attend the ceremony, the event will be available online via livestream on the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityofNewBraunfels.
Foreign Wars Post 7110 veterans will host a flag ceremony at the Post Office headquarters at 600 Peace Avenue in New Braunfels starting at 10 a.m.
Canyon Lake Republican Women hold their annual Freedom Walk at Canyon Lake Dam at 9 a.m. Speakers include State Sen. Donna Campbell and Lawrence Spradley, New Braunfels City Councilor. Resident in Canyon Lake, Tripp Marsalis will be the Emcee. Other attendees include Peaches Kelly, who will sing patriotic songs, Comal County Sheriff’s Color Guard, the Canyon Lake EMS and Fire Department, and Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers.
CLRW members will display a flag with the names of the deceased on it, with a flyover by the Memorial Air Force at 9:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their red, white and blue clothing and bring small flags.
The American Legion will hold a Patriot Day Honor Guard ceremony at noon at Walton F. Hoffman Post 179, 410 W. Coll St., New Braunfels. The event will also include a presentation by retired Air Force Col. William F. Morrison who witnessed the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.