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GMC to host annual Patriot Day Ceremony

Georgia Military College to Host Patriot Day Ceremony on September 11th

Georgia Military College will host its annual ceremony in recognition of Patriot Day on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. NewDay USA CEO, Rob Posner, will present scholarships to GMC Prep School students that have been directly affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The GMC Prep School class of 2021 is the first class to have not been alive during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Even though this year will look different due to COVID-19, it is of great importance that GMC recognizes the events of that historic day, and that we teach our students the significance of how it affected not only our country, but our world.

Each year, a firing squad fires off three rounds at 8:46 a.m. to signify when the North Tower was struck on September 11th. This year, GMC’s cannon will go off in place of the rounds. The cannon will sound four times throughout the morning in remembrance of when the North Tower was struck, the South, then the Pentagon, and finally when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.

Media is invited but this event will be closed to the general public. However, it will be livestreamed on GMC Prep School’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gmcprepstory beginning at 8:15 AM.

8:20 a.m.
• Socially distanced formation with only high school students
• Moment of silence
• Reveille – U.S. and Gold Star flags
8:25 a.m.
• Narrator Scott Seagraves begins the Patriot Day ceremony
• President Caldwell makes remarks
• Introduction and awards presentation to Patriot Day essay winners
• NewDay USA Scholarship Presentations
o Mr. Rob Posner, CEO of NewDay USA, will present scholarship to four students
• Laying of the memorial wreath by President Caldwell and the French family
8:46 a.m.
• Echoing Taps and cannon fires (Time the North Tower was struck)
9:00 a.m.
• GMC will record the names of the 2,977 people whose lives were taken through the act of terrorism on 9/11, and the names of 7,059 who have given their lives trying to stop it from happening again.
• Each of GMC’s Prep School students will be socially distanced with their class and will have the opportunity to record the names of their fellow Americans and spend a few moments in reflection.
• Names will be provided to all who wish to join GMC in remembering.
9:03 a.m.
• Cannon fires (Time the South Tower was struck)
9:37 a.m.
• Cannon fires (Time the Pentagon was struck)
10:03 a.m.
• Cannon fires (Time Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania)