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What is the time & location of the 9/11 event?
September 11, 2017
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens - 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
How long does the event last?
Approximately one hour
Is there a fee to attend?
No, the event is free and open to the public.
Is there seating at the event?
Yes, we have seating available. It is available on a first come basis. To be guaranteed a seat, we suggest you arrive 20-30 minutes early to the event or bring your own seating.
Is there any food or drink serve at the event?
Cold bottled water will available at no charge throughout the event. Light snacks will be provided free of charge following the event.
Where do we park?
There is plenty of free parking available. We will have parking attendants onsite to direct you to your parking space. We strongly suggest arriving early to give yourself plenty of time to park and find a seat.
This is an outdoor event. We recommend wearing sunscreen and / or a hat. While some shade is available, most of the event seating is in the sun.
Who is the event speaker?
We have two speakers this year.
Keynote Speaker - Joyce Ng
On 9/11, Joyce was inside the World Trade Center when it was attacked. She was trapped temporarily inside 3 World Trade Center when Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower and her building caught on fire. Since then, Joyce has founded a non-profit charity call "September 11 Survivors of 3 World Trade Center" that helps survivors and families of 9/11. She organizes a survivors gathering every year that brings 9/11 survivors from all around the country. Joyce has talked with many of our nation’s leaders about 9/11 and strives to educate others on its impact.
Joyce published the book, Hotel /911,that preserves the voices of the people who escaped from 3 World Trade Center. This history book chronicles the 9/11 survivors, their miraculous escapes and their lives moving forward. For this book, Joyce spent over ten years talking to survivors who recounted harrowing accounts of their near-death experiences. Her book was designated a National Artifact in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and sold in several major bookstores, including Harvard, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and the 9/11 National Museum.
Representative Richard Corcoran
Richard Corcoran is the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
Corcoran grew up in Pasco County, Florida, having moved there when he was 11. His parents were both veterans of World War II. His father was an American soldier and his mother, a daughter of a British tea-planter, served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during the London Blitz.
Corcoran attended St. Leo College, where he graduated in 1989, and Regent University, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1996. He also had the honor of serving six years in the United States Naval Reserves. His wife of over 20 years, Anne, is also an attorney. They are the proud parents of six children.
Who is the Master of Ceremonies?
Mark Wilson anchors the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts weeknights on FOX 13. An Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor with more than 20 years’ worth of experience traveling the world and sharing the stories of the people of the Tampa Bay area, Mark would like to think he learned from the best. His father is former FOX 13 anchor John Wilson.
An honors graduate of Florida State University, Mark anchored his station's top rated newscasts in Raleigh, NC and worked as a regional correspondent for NBC News. Since joining FOX 13 in 1997, he's been honored for his reports from Ground Zero in New York, Hurricane Katrina, earned an Emmy for his reports following a string of deadly tornadoes in Alabama, and from the scene of the deadly Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Essay Contest Information
We are once again holding an essay writing contest for local area 6th - 8th grade students. The essay contest serves as inspiration for students to strengthen their appreciation of the historical importance of the events of September 11th, 2001. Students are invited to write and essay with the theme "What 9/11 Means to Me". Deadline for entries is August 25. First place winner will receive $500 and will be invited to read his/her essay at the 9/11 Memorial Event held at Curlew Hills.
Click here for rules and further information about the essay writing contest. or call Liz Monforti, Palm Harbor Fire Rescue at 727.683.1647
What is new at this year's 9/11 Event?
This year we are proud to unveil two new monuments being added to our 9/11 Memorial area.
The first is an American Gray granite pedestal with cast bronze photos honoring the four men who lost their lives in the September 11, 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi - Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, U.S. Navy Seal Glen Doherty and U.S. Navy Seal Tyrone Woods. This new Memorial is one of only three Benghazi memorials in the United States.
The second is a new bronze monument mounted on an American Gray granite pedestal to honor the men and women who lost their lives as a result of their heroic actions at the World Trade Center since September 11, 2001. It is estimated that the death toll among those sickened by the toxic dust and ash of Ground Zero will within five years exceed the number of people killed on the day of the 9/11 attacks.
What is the history of this 9/11 Memorial?
In 2011, Curlew Hills in partnership with the Palm Harbor Fire Department created the 9/11 Memorial at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. A 150-pound twisted steel beam, which was once part of the World Trade Center Towers, is the focal point of this one-of-a-kind monument and is an emotional link to those lost in the tragic terrorist attacks. A volunteer committee is comprised of active and retired first responders, area business leaders and management from Curlew Hills. The committee meets all year to put together this important community event.