MYRTLE BEACH — Remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, prompts thoughts of Americans and immigrants who perished and rescue personnel who helped others survive, and honoring them comes in traditional, musical, and sometimes new, ways.
Several businesses, groups and places of worship across the Grand Strand will mark the occasion on Tuesday, including the dedication of the Myrtle Beach 9/11 Unity Memorial along 29th Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach, between U.S. 17 Bypass and Grissom Parkway. It will fit right in with the existing Unity Memorial fountain built there several years ago by local Cub Scouts and volunteers.
Organizing and funding the shrine with a piece of steel ribbon beam from the North Tower of the former World Trade Center in New York resulted from a partnership by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, Burroughs & Chapin Company Inc. and the city of Myrtle Beach.
Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, which promotes golfing vacations, said the company had acquired the piece of steel ribbon beam in May 2011. After planning and locating this shrine with help from city officials, the site was dedicated last year, and adding the beam piece enhances the memorial already in place with its colorful displays of children’s artwork.
“It worked out perfectly to add to it,” Golden said. “It adds to the site, making it even larger. It’ll catch more attention.”
Preparing for the dedication, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Golden the public is encouraged to join city officials, local firefighters and five retirees from the Fire Department of New York at the site.
“It’s going to be a really moving ceremony, with a candlelight ceremony,” Golden said.
He also credited the Zero group’s role in the fundraising as “a natural tie-in” for this cause, especially for its awareness efforts through the “Protect the Protectors” continuing campaign, to help ensure good health among fire rescue crews everywhere.
“It takes a community for the support of these types of initiatives, Golden said, grateful for this reminder of the Grand Strand’s collective thanks for everyone who assisted in the 9/11 aftermath.
“It’s going to be really nice area for local residents and tourists to appreciate.”
Dead Dog’s daylong benefit
Dead Dog Saloon of Murrells Inlet, rebuilt after a fire in February, continues its Sept. 11 commemoration with its 11th annual Local Heroes’ Benefit, a daylong concert on Tuesday by 12 area music acts donating their time and taking turns by the hour. A formal remembrance ceremony starts at 1 p.m.
All funds raised from this bash and Dead Dog’s inaugural Local Heroes’ Benefit Golf Tournament, earlier in the day will go toward Horry and Georgetown counties’ Fire and Life Safety Expo, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with Santa” program, and Rolling Thunder S.C. Chapter 3.
Ten Toes Up, a quartet from Murrells Inlet, will play the last set, taking the stage at 11 p.m.
Charles Freeman, a Charlotte native, bassist and a founding member of the band (www.tentoesup.com), said this its first time in several years the group’s schedule was free to take part in the Dead Dog benefit.
“It means a lot to be able to give something back,” Freeman said. “It’ll be a great night with a lot of good music, because this whole community usually comes out. … From what I’ve seen, every band on the list is great.”
Freeman said Ten Toes Up probably will play 15 songs, which might include “1939,” written about World War II and the way families in Europe “were turned against one another” by Allied opposition.
“The main point of the song is a patriotic thing,” he said, also hoping bandmate William “B.J.” Craven might have the chance again to pluck “The Star-Spangled Banner” on his steel guitar.
The original grounds for the concert remains frozen in Freeman’s mind.
“I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that day in high school,” he said. “I’ll never forget who it really changed everything in our whole lives, especially in our country. Each year, it’s good to remember, and even in small communities how it’s touched somebody personally everywhere across the country.”
Speaking by phone while helping his girlfriend’s son in kindergarten with his homework, Freeman said many children are “getting to the ages to learn about Sept. 11.”
Comparing that instance in history to Pearl Harbor in 1942, Freeman said, “It’s always going to be there.”
As Ten Toes Up plans for release of its new album “in late fall,” in production after its recording in May in Nashville, Tenn., Freeman said the band values the honor of playing at Dead Dog’s benefit “to bring some enjoyment” through music to help local causes and serve as a reminder to himself.
“There are people who are protecting us who are too easy to take for granted,” he said.
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.