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Nmb Public Safety Personnel To Walk 9 Miles Of Beach In Full Gear In Remembrance Of 9/11 Brothers & Sisters
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Thursday, September 8, 2016


In 2011, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety personnel felt the need to show respect to those who had given the ultimate sacrifice when the United States came under attack on September 11, 2001.

(Photo is from a previous 9/11 NMB Public Safety Dept Beach Walk.)
On that 10thanniversary of 9/11, in an effort to memorialize all who perished, were injured and were otherwise involved in the events of that tragic day, department personnel elected to walk the entire 9 mile stretch of beach within the city of North Myrtle Beach, dressed from head to toe in the same gear and equipment as their brothers and sisters used on the day they lost their lives.

At first, they walked quietly and solemnly, not knowing if their task was even possible to complete. They soon realized that walking 9 miles in the hot sun on the beach would be an arduous task, and the need for conversation was a must. They began to discuss among themselves the events that had taken place that day and their memories of it, and they shared with each other the stories of those they had lost.

Lost in conversation as they walked the beach that day, they did not realize that as they marched that beach-goers had begun to salute the flags they carried, placing their hands on their hearts as the public safety personnel passed by.  People also began walking with them for short distances, thanking them, and shaking their hands. The marchers then realized that what they had set out to do for themselves also provided those around them with an opportunity to show respect as well.

With the overwhelming support they received that day, Public Safety personnel knew they could not stop until they had reached their destination. Mentally and physically, they supported each other through their journey. And, with a few stops along the way, drenched in sweat, aching from head to toe, they finally achieved their goal.

Each year since, the walk has continued to provide an outlet for Public Safety employees, residents, and visitors to remember the victims of the attacks on 9/11. The walk honors the countless first responders and military personnel who responded that day, and those who continue to protect the nation.

Now joined by multiple agencies, branches of the military, and family members, the walk has grown beyond what its founders had imagined.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001 and the 5th year of the Beach Walk.

The public is invited to join with North Myrtle Beach Public Safety personnel as they again walk the entire beach on 9/11 in remembrance of their brothers and sisters.

WALK INFORMATION

Start: 9:00 a.m. at  48th Avenue South on the beach.

Conclusion: About 63rd Avenue North on the beach.

For additional information, please contact Fire Engineer Ryan Marrs at rmmarrs@nmb.us or (843) 385-0195.




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