Fairfield Harbour holds one of two 9/11 memorial ceremonies in Craven County to honor the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Some of Neuse Realty’s folks were on hand to continue their support of this especially sacred tradition for Craven County. Each year builds and improves upon the next and we have pictures and video to prove it. Below are a few highlights we were able to capture.
Neuse Realty’s own Pat Dumon and Howard Neviser took the images we’ve included here in the photo gallery at the end of this post. Laraine Mark, an agent with Neuse Realty, was there to support her husband, Craven County Commissioner, Tom Mark as he delivered the keynote remarks.
Trumpet selections were performed by Bob Dumon and a host of others shared their gifts, talents, and words of empowerment and encouragement.
The Fairfield Harbour ceremony included a color guard from Cherry Point air station, remarks by Craven County Commissioner Tom Marks, state Sen. Norman Sanders, R-Pamlico, state Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven, Brian Giersch and Linda Murdock.
One solemn part of the ceremony each year is the placement of a wreath at the 9/11 memorial, along with special music by trumpet player Bob Dumon, the Fairfield Harbour Chorus and the Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus.
Fairfield Harbour is largely populated by retirees from northeastern states who sought and then erected the 9/11 girders for its monument in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
Sanderson noted that “no community in my district was as affected as Fairfield Harbour and what you have done here bears that out.” He noted that memorial services runs the gamut of emotions from joyful remembrance to sadness and remorse.
“I think we have a little of all that,” he said.
He urged the audience to remember not only those who died on Sept. 11, but the thousands who came away from it with illness, many of whom later died.
Dan Engelhaupt, the Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Association director, recalled that he worked 6 miles from the Pentagon and had seven friends who worked in the military headquarters.
“At 9:37 a.m. on what was a beautiful fall day, American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon at over 500 miles per hour,” he said. “I knew not the fate of my seven friends until they were finally able to call six hours later. There are millions of stories from that day. We invite you to reflect and never forget.”
Below find an awesome three part video series chronicling how the 9/11 Memorial came together at Fairfield Harbor.
Until next year…we still remember