Sept. 11 events in the Myrtle Beach area, remembering 12 years later

spalisin@thesunnews.comSeptember 8, 2013 

  • If you go – Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 ‘CRY OUT AMERICA’

    What | Prayer meetings, with everyone welcome

    When | 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Where | Nance Plaza fountain at Kings Highway and Ninth Avenue North, near First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach and diagonally across from the city parking garage

    Information | 796-0397 or 213-1894

    FDNY-CAROLINAS RETIREES ASSOCIATION

    Who | Retired Fire Department City of New York firefighters who have relocated to North and South Carolina

    What and when | Wednesday:

    Memorial Mass, 8 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, 1100 Eighth Ave., N., North Myrtle Beach

    Escorted motorcade procession in Brunswick County at 10 a.m. from store parking lot at Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 904 to Brunswick County Community College in Supply

    Annual 9/11 Memorial Service, 11 a.m. in Victory Gardens at Brunswick Community College, including fire department traditions of laying of a wreath, ringing of the 5-5-5-5 Bells, and raising of the flag that flew over Ground Zero during rescue and recovery operations; guest speakers include Brunswick County Sheriff John V. Ingram, Susanne Adams, college president, and a representative from Brunswick County Emergency Services, with Ellen Parish on vocals, Kevin Mulholland on bagpipes, and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department Quartet.

    9/11 ceremony at 7 p.m. in North Myrtle Beach’s Horseshoe, 11 S. Ocean Blvd., at Main Street (more details later in this list)

    Information | 910-575-2238 or http://fdnycra.org

    FLAG AND FLAGPOLE DEDICATION CEREMONY

    With | Woodmen of the World

    When | 9 a.m. Wednesday

    Where | Veterans Cafe & Grille, 3644 Northgate Blvd., Myrtle Beach, in Northgate Plaza, off S.C. 707, just west of U.S. 17 Bypass

    Information | 232-8387

    U.S. FLAG DISPLAYS ON BRIDGES

    By | Rolling Thunder Chapter 3

    When | about 8:46-10:15 a.m. WednesdaySept. 11

    Where |

    Harrelson Boulevard/George Bishop Parkway over U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach (with Myrtle Beach Lions Club -- 222-3634)

    Sea Mountain Highway over U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach’s Cherry Grove Beach section

    Also | POW/MIA Recognition Day, with annual candlelight vigil and “Missing Man Table” ceremony, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, on Farrow Parkway, at U.S. 17 Business.

    Information | 685-1793 or 240-723-6538

    9/11 VOLUNTEER FAIR

    By | Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation; Georgetown County United Way’s Americorps VISTA, which is re-launching its “Get Connected” effort; and Coastal Carolina University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Free Week event for its new Litchfield Education Center in Litchfield Beach

    When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday

    Where | Bunnelle Conference Center, 8263 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), Pawleys Island, and neighboring Carefree Catering

    Includes |

    Various local nonprofits such as Goodwill, Helping Hands of Georgetown, Miss Ruby’s Kids, Saint Frances Animal Center and Winyah Rivers Foundation.

    Presentations by instructors scheduled to teach Osher courses this fall, covering such topics as art, writing, computers and health.

    Information |

    Bunnelle Foundation – 237-1222 or www.bunnelle.org

    Get Connected – 546-6317 or http://getconnected.gcuw.org

    Osher – 347-3161 or www.coastal.edu/olli

    12TH ANNUAL LOCAL HEROES’ BENEFIT

    Benefiting | Local police and fire departments

    When | 11 a.m.-closing Wednesday

    Where | Dead Dog Saloon, 4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

    How much | Free admission and all-day buffet

    Includes | Entertainment hourly: Formal ceremony and “Carolina & Company Live” broadcast on WPDE-TV 15 at noon, and concerts by Chasing Revelry at 1 p.m.; Bil Krauss at 2 p.m.; Paul Grimshaw Band at 3 p.m.; The Winchesters at 4 p.m.; Backfire at 5 p.m.; Josh Brannon Band at 6 p.m.; Nick Andolora Band at 7 p.m.; The Mullets at 8 p.m.; Necessary Band at 9 p.m.; and Not Yet Rated at 10 p.m.

    Also | Second annual Local Heroes’ Benefit Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. Monday at Wachesaw Plantation East, near Murrells Inlet, for $75 per player; call 902-7216 or 997-4450

    Information | 651-0664 or www.deaddogsaloon.com

    ANNUAL 9/11 MEMORIAL

    By | Coastal Carolina Shields, an organization of retired law enforcement personnel

    When | 11 a.m. Wednesday

    Where | Hall of Heroes, Sands Ocean Dunes Resort, 201 75th. Ave. N., Myrtle Beach (open 9 a.m. daily – details at 692-5265, 692-5100 or www.sandsresorts.com/hall-of-heroes)

    Includes | Keynote speech by Jimmy A. Richardson II, solicitor for Horry and Georgetown counties

    Information | 458-0019 or email djc301@aol.com

    THIRD ANNUAL 9/11 PIZZA BENEFIT

    Benefiting | Wounded Warrior Project (904-296-7350, 877-832-6997 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org)

    What | Sales of 2-foot-long, cheese “Big Daddy” pizzas

    How much | $9.11 each – and certificates available for purchase for future use

    When | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday

    Where | Fox’s Pizza Den, 4620-B Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544), Socastee, just south of road branch for Bi-Lo plaza

    Information | 294-3697, www.foxspizza.com, or email foxspizzasocastee@yahoo.com

    9/11 CEREMONY

    When | 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Where | North Myrtle Beach’s Horseshoe, 11 S. Ocean Blvd., at Main Street

    Also |

    Red, white and blue glow sticks will be provided to first 2,974 participants, representing the number of people who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Color guards and other units will participate.

    Ceremony will end with a 21-gun salute, chiming of the fire bell and a memorial wreath set afloat on the ocean.

    Information | 399-1111

    9/11 CEREMONY OF REMEMBRANCE

    When | 7-8 p.m. Wednesday

    Where | Unity Memorial, at Broadway at the Beach, along 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, closer to Grissom Parkway and near Ripley’s Aquarium

    Includes | Local color guards’ participation, with candlelight prayers; and Girl and Boy Scouts also asked to wear their uniforms and take part.

    Information | 282-2642 or email susan@golfholiday.com

    9/11 MEMORIAL SERVICE

    When | 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Where | Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road, Shallotte

    With | Members of law enforcement, fire departments/emergency medical services, and the armed forces

    Also | Donations collected for Granite Mountain Hotshots, who died in Arizona

    Information | School at 910-754-6882 or Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777

    ‘FREEDOM DAY’

    What | Veterans’ celebration

    When | 10-11 a.m. Thursday

    Where | Brunswick Senior Resources’ Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St., Suite 1, Southport, N.C.

    Includes | Entertainment by Coastal Harmonizers barbershop chorus, with pastries and coffee

    Information | Reservations requested at 910-754-2300; more details at http://brdunswickseniorresources.org/southport-senior-center

Almost 12 years have passed since 19 Islamic terrorists collectively brought a modern day of infamy for the United States. Many people might quote the title from a Darryl Worley hit from 2003 in response, “Have You Forgotten?”

Various groups across the Grand Strand will answer a resounding “No” to that question, by having remembrances and benefits on Wednesday, in memory of the losses this nation endured on, and rebounded from, Sept. 11, 2001.

Those gatherings include the FDNY-Carolinas Retirees Association, former New York City Fire Department employees who have relocated to North and South Carolina. This group, with about 120 members, has multiple memorials on Wednesday, starting with a church Mass in North Myrtle Beach, then a motorcade in Brunswick County for a service at Brunswick Community College and a ceremony in North Myrtle Beach’s Horseshoe.

Bob Gustavson, the association president, who lives in Carolina Shores, N.C., and Theresa Regan of Murrells Inlet, whose husband, Don, died in service on Sept. 11 in New York and had worked with Gustavson earlier in Brooklyn, each reflected on what that day, and the reactions and commemorations since then, mean to them.

Gustavson said this day of area activities by FDNY retirees has become an annual tradition, with constant support from fellow retired firefighters and the community.

Question | How big is this core of helpers to make each FDNY event special and touching?

Gustavson | Everybody helps. If I ask anybody and say it’s for 9/11 – whether it’s the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department, the church or a person who sells flags – they’re like, “Sure. What do I do?” It’s simply amazing.

Q. | How challenging is orchestrating this schedule of activities in which the FDNY group takes part?

A. | It kind of almost runs itself now. ... We’ve probably been doing this for about 11 years. ... The cooperation we get from outside agencies is unbelievable, and everything falls into place.

Q. | How do these Sept . 11 memorial observances take on extra special meaning as time marches on?

A. | To each and every FDNY member, it was very personal. I wasn’t there on 9/11; I had moved down here just two months prior. My son – he was involved with rescue operations; he was a fireman. ... It’s just that I cannot explain it. I knew so many of the guys personally.

Q. | How do these commemorations here and nationwide remind people to never forget?

A. | It kind of reminds us guys who relocated down here that this is the face of the FDNY to the people who have never been to New York or have no connection to New York. It puts it on a personal level, if you see a person with a FDNY patch on or an emblem. It puts a face on the tragedy.

Q. | How has time helped with hopes of healing?

A. | Time has helped with healing, but time doesn’t heal it completely. But the healing started on Sept. 12, when the whole nation came together and asked, “What can we do to help?” The healing process started on Sept. 12, and it’s still going on.

A widow remembers

Theresa Regan was married 27 years to Don Regan, a firefighter in New York’s Bronx borough and the father of their three sons – including a firefighter in Charleston and another in New York – and one daughter.

Q. | What’s the thing about Don you miss the most since Sept. 11, 2001, something you might not have known to cherish enough before then?

Regan | He wasn’t able to share in our grandchildren.

Q. | In the almost-12 years since this tragedy left a crater in our country, what newfound appreciation have you gained for everyone who works as a first responder, anywhere?

A. | What I’ve learned is what a true brotherhood it is, and it’s not just one department; it’s any firemen from anywhere. I am treated the same way from a firefighter here, in California or anywhere, and that it’s such a family oriented brotherhood. We’re just part of this family that I don’t think anyone outside can understand.

Q. | How has Sept. 11 occupied an extra special place on your calendar, and in your mind, heart and spirit, every year?

A. | Sept. 11, to me, is every day.

Q. | What do we as a nation need to do more of to keep the memory about Sept. 11 and the meaning of how the American people can unite in response in the forefront, especially for everyone born since autumn 2001?

A. | Never forget.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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