WATCH: City of Rockledge to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Now Underway
By Space Coast Daily // September 11, 2019
special guest speakers include Adm. Wayne Justice and Master Sgt. Herb Joiner
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: The City of Rockledge holds a remembrance ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The ceremony is being held at the city’s Civic Hub off Barton Blvd.
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – The City of Rockledge will host its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the new Rockledge Civic Hub, located at 530 Barton Boulevard and directly east of Rockledge City Hall.
The festivities will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at 6 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.
The Remembrance Ceremony, which is designed to honor the victims, survivors and first responders of September 11, 2001, will feature special guest speakers retired Rear Adm. Wayne E. Justice and retired Master Sgt. Herbert Darren “Herb” Joiner.
Both men have a distinct connection to 9/11 and are sure to bring a unique and personal perspective with regard to the events that occurred on that day.
Adm. Justice served 37 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, including commanding cutters conducting search and rescue, counter-drug and illegal migrant patrols.
He also served as the military aide to President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton, and wherever the President went, Justice went. He lived in the White House and traveled aboard Air Force One to all four corners of the globe.
Adm. Justice retired as a two-star Admiral and currently serves as a maritime consultant, expert witness and is the District Commissioner of the Canaveral Port Authority.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science from both Nova University Southeast and the Naval War College.
Master Sgt. Joiner enlisted in the Air Force in March 1982 and served as a Security Specialist and Communications Specialist and was deployed to Saudi Arabia numerous times from 1992 to 1995.
From 1995 to 2005, he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base and flew distinguished visitors on the G3, G4 and G5 aircraft.
Master Sgt. Joiner then flew Air Force One with Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and has the unique distinction of placing every call from Air Force One for President Bush on September 11, 2001.
This year commemorates the 18th anniversary of the heinous attack.
The concept for the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was introduced in 2016 by Rockledge City Councilman Duane Daski in an effort to ensure that children and young adults are educated and informed about the significance of 9/11 and the profound effect it had on our nation.
The inaugural 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony was held on September 10, 2016, at Fire Station No. 37, which is where the Rockledge 9/11 Memorial is located.
In 2013, the City acquired a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, and that symbolic steel has been placed as a reminder to pay homage to the lives that were lost on that tragic day.
The Rockledge 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2013.
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