Healing and Remembrance Ceremony for Major Williams


A ceremony honoring a local fallen hero as well as other heroes during the nine-eleven attacks was held earlier today at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Family, friends, and members of the community gathered to pay their respects to the late US Major Dwayne Williams who died during the attack. Major Dwayne Williams was born and raised in Jacksonville and worked as a Joint Officer Distribution Manager in Arlington, Virginia. Major Williams was working in the Pentagon when terrorists flew the United Flight 77 into the side of the building.

Williams was active in the military for 18 years as paratrooper, a ranger, and served in the Persian Gulf War. Military personnel along with law enforcement officers gave encouraging words and performed a tribute for Major Dwayne Williams and all of the fallen heroes who lost their lives on this day 17 years ago. A close family member of Major Williams says he was a big part of their family.

Major Williams was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Medals, the Defense Meritorious Medal, along with three Army Commendation Medals and many more. After Major Williams’ death, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Medal of Merit. Major Dwayne Williams is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and three brothers.

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