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Ceremonies planned to remember Sept. 11
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Forsyth County News
A Forsyth Central High School drama troupe will highlight this year’s seventh annual Liberty Garden ceremony to honor public safety workers and the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Patriot Day event begins at 11:15 a.m. Thursday next to the Central Park Recreation Center. Officials from the Forsyth County fire department and sheriff’s office will attend, as will Forsyth Central’s “Maskers.”

“They’re a select group of actors,” said Tammy Wright, director of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful. “They are just so good, I invite them out every year.”

The drama group’s publicist, Cindy Boff, said the 24 students performed “a very stirring show” at last year’s Liberty Garden Ceremony.

“It was very touching,” Boff said. “It was moving and it was a really nice tribute.”

Last year, the group performed a re-enactment of events following the World Trade Center tragedy. Members played the role of New York City onlookers.

Wright said parks and recreation staff will give the Liberty Garden “a little TLC” to spruce it up before the ceremony.

She said the Forsyth County Master Gardeners planted the garden seven years ago at the request of the national organization Keep America Beautiful, which urged local affiliates nationwide to create a garden to memorialize 9/11.
Wright said the ceremony generally attracts a crowd of about 50, though the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks drew more than 100 people.

“I don’t think there was a dry eye out there last year,” Wright said. “It’s very emotional.”

Others involved in the ceremony include Fire Chief Danny Bowman and the honor guards of the Forsyth County Fire Department.

For more information, contact Keep Forsyth County Beautiful at (770) 205-4573 or e-mail