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Shell Factory to host 9/11 remembrance

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Sep 1, 2021

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day Americans will never forget, and Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of one of this country’s darkest hours.

Many places will hold remembrance ceremonies and among them is the Shell Factory & Nature Park, which will hold its own commemoration that day.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the formal ceremony beginning at 12:16 p.m. hosted by NBC2 news anchor Peter Busch.

The time is significant because that was when the government stopped all the planes flying over America.

According to General Manager Anne Sheridan, the day will serve as a celebration of the American spirit and our first responders while also honoring those who lost their lives on that day.

“It is a day we will never forget. We wanted to let everyone know how important it is. We realize we have the area in which to do it,” Sheridan said.

There will be a helicopter flyover and much more to remember and honor the first responders and those who suffered that day. It will also serve an opportunity for youngsters who weren’t yet born to learn and little about what it was like on that day.

There will be appearances by the Lee County Sheriff’s Special Divisions such as the bomb squad, helicopter flyover and the Honor Guard performing Taps, the Cape Coral Fire Department, Hero Jeep, the Military Museum bus, Patriot Riders of America and the Pure County Band, which will perform until 4 p.m.

Also expected is a large banner to be draped across the area with the names of the more than 3,000 people who died that day. There also will be signs that let people know what happened and when it happened that day, as well as one that showed the path of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania.

There will also be specials such as free admission to the Nature Park and carousel rides for seniors, veterans and first responders.

“This is going to be outstanding. So many people are so enthused about this and wanted to be a part of it. People are hearing about it and the more they hear about it the more they want to come and be a part of it,” Sheridan said.

The Shell Factory is at 16554 N. Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 995-2141 or go to shellfactory.com.