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PHS students, local officials pay tribute to 9/11 victims

Portland High School and the City of Portland held the “9/11 Never Forget Memorial Project” on Sept. 7, 2023 on the campus of Portland High School. 

Mayor Mike Callis opened the ceremony by recognizing the students, teachers, and members of the community present. He honored those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the others who died later as a result of the attack that day. After his remarks, Jill Spears sang the “Star Spangled Banner,” as those in attendance stood and honored the flag.

The Portland High School band played “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood under the direction of Band Director Alex Shrum.

Tennessee State Representative William Lamberth spoke of how the country united after the devastation of 9/11, and that it taught us the value of freedom. He emphasized how the nation pulled together.

Bro. Bob Moon offered a prayer for America. In that prayer, he prayed for the country, and thanked God for blessing the country. He noted that God had called us to be a nation, as we say – one nation under God. He prayed that we as a country would be a people that honor and glorify Him, again. He ended the prayer with inviting the audience to pray The Lord’s Prayer with him. 

Portland High School senior Nick Suttle, who has organized the event for the past three years, gave the closing remarks. He encouraged the students to continue this remembrance after he graduates. He said the goal is not only to remember what happened on 9/11, but to unite us as Americans once again. 

The ceremony closed with City of Portland Public Works Director Carlton Cobb playing “Taps.” 

Following the ceremony everyone was invited to help place 2,977 flags in the designated rows to honor those killed that day.