- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgians rang church bells, paused for moments of silence and prayed in cities, towns and military bases across the state to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

In Augusta on Thursday, residents who volunteered in the aftermath of the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, were acknowledged.

American flags were posted to represent each public safety member who died, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

In Savannah, as in other cities, church bells tolled at the exact times the World Trade Center towers fell.

With each passing year, the events of Sept. 11 become more distant in people’s minds, said Pam Tucker, the director of emergency management in Columbia County.

“We have a whole new generation that doesn’t remember it at all,” Tucker said.

In Milledgeville, the same thought occurred to Scott Seagraves, chairman of the history department at Georgia Military College Prep School, as he thought of how the school would mark this year’s anniversary. The prep school serves students in sixth through 12th grades.

“It dawned on me that most of our kids, they just don’t know, because they didn’t experience it. Even our seniors were 5 years old at the time,” Seagraves told WMAZ-TV.

To remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in 2001 attacks plus thousands more killed in the global war on terrorism, Seagraves said the school’s 500 students were being given 17 names of people who have lost their lives. Then, each student was to write those names in chalk on bricks around the school’s campus on Thursday, he said.

In Woodstock, the annual Day of Remembrance event was planned for 7 p.m. Thursday in the downtown area of the city just north of Atlanta, The Cherokee Tribune reported.

“We always take advantage of any opportunity to show our respect and show how grateful we are for our public safety agencies here at home and all of our military personnel,” said Eddie Robinson, assistant fire chief of Cherokee County Fire and Rescue Services.

“We want to let them know that we think about them and honor those that have gone before them to give us our freedom,” Robinson said.

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