Grand Strand remembers September 11th

Veterans in Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, joined by local members of the Lions Club, held flags at several highway overpasses along U.S. 17 Bypass Wednesday in observance of the September 11th anniversary.

One Lions Club leader says it was their way to honor those who lost their lives on 9-11.

"And we do not want to ever forget that they're heroes in our minds," said regional Lions Club governor Randy Edwards.

Not far away, firefighters from North Myrtle Beach and Horry County Fire/Rescue departments were joined by U.S. Coast Guard officers and some military personnel for an 11 mile long march on the beach, wearing full turnout gear.

Every step of the way, the firefighters got a response from beach-goers that one organizer said gave him goose bumps.

"There's not one person sitting down, everyone's standing up, saluting us or putting their hand over their heart and clapping, cheering us all the way," said John Montone, who helped organize the annual event three years ago.

The Coastal Carolina Shields, a group of local retired police officers, hosted a memorial ceremony at the Sands Ocean Dunes Resort Hall of Heroes, 201 75th Avenue North.

Many members of the group are former officers from New York City, who say they want to make sure the nation remembers their brothers and sisters who were lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks.

"It's just something that we feel we must do because that was the largest single event of loss of police officers in this country's history," said Coastal Carolina Shields president Dennis Cangelosi.

To see a full list of 9/11 events, click here.