Remembrances for Sept. 11 span Strand, even before anniversary

Memories and moments of reflection were on display at the Unity Memorial for the Sept. 11 service in 2015. The annual “9/11 Remembrance Ceremony” for 2017 will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Unity Memorial, at Broadway at the Beach, along 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, between U.S. 17 and Robert M. Grissom Parkway, near Ripley’s Aquarium. This site also includes a steel beam from the north tower of the World Trade Center, relayed by the Fire Department of the City of New York; it’s adjacent to the Twin Towers fountain created by area Cub Scouts.

Remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, remains a Grand Strand tradition, in various ways, especially for outreach in charitable causes.

In the wake of the disaster still unfolding from Hurricane Harvey’s initial landfall on Aug. 25 – and all the accounts of American human nature at its best in reacting and reaching out to help – take a moment to remember the sacrifices and losses that people had not foreseen along the Gulf of Mexico and from four hijacked planes that scorched soil 16 years ago in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., and join with other individuals in counting blessings collectively.

Saturday, Sept. 9

— Reception honoring 9/11 first responders and lives lost, and saluting veterans – and construction of a handicap-accessible ramp for on-site veterans center – 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at North Strand Housing Shelter, 2335 S.C. 9 W., Longs. 843-467-6448 or www.northstrandhousingshelter.org.

Sunday, Sept. 10

— Third annual “Red, White and Blues” concert, 2-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach, with performances by local blues artists, door prizes, children’s activities, and 50/50 raffle in charity benefit. 843-946-0007, ext. 208; or www.hardrock.com/myrtlebeach.

Monday, Sept. 11

— Annual “9-11 Remembrance Service,” 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11,  at Surfside Beach Fire Department, 810 First Ave. N., behind Surfside Beach Town Hall (115 U.S. 17 Business N.) Reach town Fire Chief Kevin Otte at 843-913-6169, or email kotte@surfsidebeach.org.

— Free sandwich for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Mission BBQ, 1380 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach. 843-510-0500 or mission-bbq.com.

Other timely events involving first responders, veterans

— National POW/MIA Recognition Day, with Rolling Thunder S.C. Chapter 3 – whose members include two former prisoners of war – 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Myrtle Beach’s Warbird Park, on Farrow Parkway, just west of U.S. 17 Business, along southern end of Myrtle Beach International Airport, near cross-intersection with Ocean Boulevard. 843-503-6590, www.rollingthundergrandstrand.com, or email rtsc3@yahoo.com.

— Second annual “Fire and Ice Hockey Tournament” – for Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Eastern Carolinas – with first game between firefighters from Myrtle Beach area and Wilmington, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Wilmington Ice House, 7201 Ogden Business Lane, east of city, north from Market Street (U.S. 17) – turn left at corner with little white church, and veer right toward rink, on left side of road (910-686-1987 or www.wilmingtonice.com). $20 adults, $10 ages 12-17, and free ages 11 and younger – 607-591-5549, or email bcute@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

— Fourth annual “Beard, Mustache and Facial Hair Competition,” by South Carolina Beard Club – Myrtle Beach, and benefiting Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 34-3 of Myrtle Beach (www.cvma34-3.com), 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Rockin’ Hard Saloon, 3352 U.S. 17 Business, Garden City Beach. $20 to compete (doors open 6 p.m. for sign-up) or $15 to watch. 843-340-6564 or www.southcarolinabeardclub.com.

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