Healing and Remembrance Ceremony in Jacksonville

Saturday, September 12, 2015

 

America still mourns for those killed in the 9/11 attacks. Although those attacks were hundreds of miles away, today we remember a Jacksonville native who lost his life on that somber day 14 years ago. Army Major Dwayne Williams was killed during the attack on the Pentagon. Pearl Williams, mother of Major Williams held a Healing and Remembrance Ceremony and memorial service at Jacksonville’s City Cemetery, today. She tells us that one of the toughest moments is the laying of the wreath. The event featured remarks from local officials and religious leaders, along with a keynoted address from Lieutenant Colonel Charles Buxton of the Alabama National Guard’s 167th Theater Sustainment Command. Buxton says America responded together to the horror of that day and we rebuilt our communities together.  He says that feeling of togetherness should continue. One hundred-84 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Major Dwayne Williams is survived by his wife, Tammy, his son Tyler, and his daughter Kelsie. He served in the Army for more than two decades and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Medal of Merit after his death.

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