9/11 “Healing and Remembrance” Ceremony
Major Dwayne Williams was killed 13 years ago in the Pentagon on 9/11. He was one of approximately 3,000 victims who died in the worst terrorist attacks ever experienced on U.S. soil. Today, his mother, Mrs. Pearl Williams and people from all across Calhoun County came together for a “Healing and Remembrance” ceremony in honor of Major Williams and other victims of the other attacks on 9/11. The ceremony took place in the Jacksonville City Cemetery. The Keynote speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Hattie L. Richardson, Commander of the Defense Distribution Anniston Army Depot who paid tribute to the unity the nation expressed right after the attacks. Calhoun County Commissioner Fred Wilson, Carla Ellis of the Alabama Survivor Outreach Services, and Jacksonville State University President, Dr. Bill Meehan, shared expressions of support and gratitude. Williams presented a wreath during the ceremony and she says it is a symbol of what’s in her heart. She gives it with the hope that it will touch the hearts of many to always remember. The Jacksonville State University R-O-T-C Department also helped with today’s ceremony. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Matthew Wade played the bagpipe and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department coordinated the fallen comrade ceremony and the 21 gun salute.