Augusta remembers 9/11

Augusta remembers 9/11

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A touching tribute to a horrible day in American history.

"Thank you all for being here today to mark a tragic but heroic day in American history," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

Augustans came out in droves to honor our local first responders and remember their fallen brothers and sisters from New York and in the nation's capital.

"On September 11th, cowards walked into our living room, they punched us in the mouth, and then they ate at our dinner table," said Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree said the continued threat of terrorism, including recent threats by ISIS, keep all law enforcement vigilant.

"The Boston Bombings last year, you have domestic terrorism," said Sheriff Roundtree. "You've got threats coming from all over. There are people out there that want to do harm, they want to divide a country, divide a people. And that's how they think they can weaken the nation."

Other local leaders say that while the events were tragic, it helped bring together a nation.

"On this day let us not be morose, let us not be sad, let us rejoice in knowing that we are America strong," said Rep. Earnest Smith. "And we are patriots. We believe in what we're espousing."

City officials said September 11th, 2001 will be a day that folks in Augusta never forget.

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