First responders, elected officials and community members gathered at the Ocala-Marion County Veterans Memorial Park for a Wednesday morning opening ceremony to officially honor the arrival of the 9/11 Traveling Memorial Wall.
The memorial, which honors the memory of those who perished in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, rolled into Ocala on Tuesday with quite a fanfare.
The procession to the Veterans Memorial Park included a police escort, fire engines and a long line of motorcycles.
The memorial will be available for viewing at the Veterans Park, located at 2601 E Fort King St., 24 hours a day until Sunday, Sept. 15.
Events being held in association with the memorial wall include:
- Thursday: Educational tours (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.), live tribute (6-7:30 p.m.);
- Friday: Educational tours (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.), 9/11 survivor stories (6-8 p.m.)
- Saturday: JROTC demonstration (10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
- Sunday: Closing ceremony (4-5 p.m.).
The event also will include fire and police demonstrations and displays, a Medal of Honor Memorial and a visit by a ShandsCair medical helicopter. Call (352) 671-8422 for more information.