One of America’s most tragic days from 19 years ago will be remembered locally Friday night
This Friday, Sept. 11, the Taylor Fire Department plan to honor the heroes lost on Sept. 11, 2001, with a Patriot Day observance. The event will be at Duck Stadium before the kickoff of the varsity football game between Taylor and Giddings high schools.
A ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cityoftaylortexas. Game tickets are available, although the stadium will be filled to no more than 50% capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. For advance tickets, call the Taylor High School athletic office at 512-352-6326, extension 6220.
City staff touts Taylor as one of the few cities across the nation that continues to conduct a ceremony each year in honor of the first responders who died while rescuing victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. in New York and Virginia in 2001. The ceremony usually includes a march down Main Street and a public ceremony at Heritage Square with a three-volley salute. However, like many events this year, the ceremony was modified to accommodate COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
This year’s Patriot Day program is slated to include remarks from Jarrell Fire Department Chief Mark McAdams and the Ringing of the Bell ceremony by the Taylor Fire Department Honor Guard. Firefighters from Taylor and the surrounding areas will be invited to stand in observance around the field.
The stadium is located on 355 FM 973, southwest of the U.S 79 loop, in Taylor. For more information, visit http://www.taylortx.gov or call 512-352-6992.