Myrtle Beach continues to honor lives lost on 9/11

Friends of the Unity Memorial, the Chicora District of the Pee Dee Area Council and the Cub Scouts held their annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday night at the Unity Memorial outside of Broadway at the Beach.

More than 200 people, as well as Myrtle Beach community leaders, were in attendance to show support for those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks, as well as those who fight for our country every day.

"We will show how strong our nation is and how we will never, ever forget this attack. But most of all, we will do whatever we have to to make sure it doesn't happen again," Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said.

This year's keynote speaker was Nicholas Giordano, a retired FDNY firefighter who was involved in search and rescue operations at the World Trade Center.

"I was outside New York City on my way home. I saw what was going on, turned around and went back to New York. I spent the next 4 days incognito to my wife and family working down there, getting things going," Giordano said.

Giordano was given more than 13 awards for his dedicated service and says he never imagined having to go through such a traumatic event.

"The enormity of the whole situation, and the loss of life and everything that was involved and the friends that and the friends that were lost, you never would have expected that," Giordano said.

Giordano said although it's been over a decade since the attacks, thinking about 9/11 never gets any easier, but seeing Americans show their support makes it bearable.

"The whole concept of what's taking place tonight is what makes it more palatable. You see people who are coming out here today to remember. And that's the whole point of today," Giordano said.

Giordano is now a resident of Pawleys Island and continues to play an active role in 9/11 remembrance services along the Grand Strand.