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Mullins community remembers Sept. 11 with Prayer in the Square event

September 12, 2018

BY NAEEM MCFADDEN

Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise

nmcfadden@florencenews.com

MULLINS, S.C. – Mullins city officials along with emergency responders gathered Tuesday with the community near the Greater Chamber of Commerce in remembrance of Sept. 11.

In a tribute to courageous firefighters and law enforcement along with the victims, a Prayer in the Square event was held.

Mayor William “Bo” McMillan said the program was held in lieu of the monthly city council meeting.

“We live in a world that’s being torn apart,” he said. “Never has there been a time in our nation’s history when we all came together.”

McMillan said the sight of flags flying is a moment he recalls with a sense of pride.

“These people standing here represent the very best of what we have to offer,” he said. “It was the first responders that threw down the gauntlet.”

McMillan said the public won’t forget their sacrifices.

Mullins City Councilwoman Carolyn Wilson felt strongly about organizing the prayer in the square and hoped to get as many people as possible in attendance.

“Thank you all so much for participating,” Wilson said.

Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace thanked Wilson for the thought.

“She has met with us several times, and she had this in her heart,” he said. “She knew this was a day to remember.”

Wallace said that 17 years ago 400 first responders gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Mullins Fire Chief Robert Stetson said the day symbolizes a tragic event on American soil.

“This will be a day that will see all Americans join hands for one cause,” he said.

Rep. Lucas Atkinson said he had just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C.

“It’s hard to imagine watching on TV seeing those run to rescue others in the building,” he said. “I just want to thank you all.”

Marion County Veterans Affairs Office Director Gloria Evans, a U.S. Air Force veteran, thanked emergency responders for what they do locally.

“I want to thank you all for thinking about Sept. 11 and supporting the first responders,” she said.

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