The Onslow Civic Affairs Committee will host an observance in remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001 at the 9/11 Memorial at Camp Johnson adjacent to the Beirut Memorial. The observance is set for 8:15 AM, Sunday, September 11, 2016 and will include participation in the National Moment of Silence at 8:46 AM, a minute after the first impact at the World Trade Center.
Members of the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee will present various tableaus representing those who were killed in the September 11, 2001 events. Local law enforcement, firefighters, first responders and rescue personnel as well as military representatives will represent those who were killed in rescue and in response to the events of 2001. The Committee members and others stand in to represent the victims holding pictures while they are remembered.
The Second Marine Division Band, and the Jacksonville High School Cardinal String Ensemble will participate in the observance and remembrance. Law enforcement, fire and rescue vehicles will participate in a chorus of sirens that will break the moment of silence.
The observance serves now as an annual remembrance of 9/11 and to note those who continue to fight the war on terror.
The Onslow Civic Affairs Committee was formed to advance Civic Education in Onslow County. The group was formed by the Onslow County Board of Commissioners in a cooperative agreement with the City of Jacksonville which dissolved the model Jacksonville Civic Affairs Committee. Members are also charged with completing an annual index which rates the civic infrastructure of our community and advancing cooperative and collaborative efforts to improve our community. The group is a sponsor of the Nonprofit Executives Roundtable and the Annual Board Training and Development Day as well as the Sturgeon City Institutes.
Patriot Day was first declared by President George W. Bush as the official observance for the events of September 11, 2001.