GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Various groups throughout the country are remembering the victims of the 9/11 attacks, on the day that now marks the tenth anniversary.
First Missionary Baptist Church Handsboro honors 9/11 victims in Gulfport had a special observance for that purpose during their morning worship service on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
With one united voice, the congregation of Handsboro Baptist Church strongly belted out God Bless America, as they remembered the lives lost on September 11.
The emcee reminded the crowd by telling them that it's important that we never forget those individuals. Adding that because so many first responders gave their lives trying to help others; honoring them is a must.
"If we do not, we must ask ourselves who will? Arlington National cemetery in Arlington, Virginia is etched in the marble stone of the memorial ample theatre and these words are written. We were highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain. Which is a portion of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address," the emcee said.
Handsoro Pastor, S.V. Adolph was scheduled to fly out of DC the morning of the attacks. He says it was his faith that helped him stay strong then, and it's faith that continues to help him stay strong now.
"I believe that our God works in such mysterious ways that even in seasons of great tragedy, our God is a God that's able to give us. From those seasons, great triumph and I believe that nine eleven, even with our great loses is one of those days for our country," Adolph said.
Other members of the congregation members echoed similar thoughts about remembering the victims.
"We never should forget the sacrifice that was made by so many. Those who were unselfish and gave their lives. It's always good for us to go back and remember," said Brian Pearce.
The ceremony included a special musical selection, as well as, a moment of silence and prayer.