“That morning, I was in my office preparing for my weekly staff meeting when … someone on my staff alerted me to the fact that there’d been a terrible accident in New York [and] an airplane hit a skyscraper,” Spears recalled.
He turned on the television and watched the second airplane hit the second tower of World Trade Center.
“Like anyone else who witnessed that … I knew that the world had shifted. The world had changed,” he said.
Spears, a member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek – North Fulton, will share his recollections of that day and the aftermath at the Rotary Club’s Sept. 11 remembrance event today at 6:30 p.m. at Northview High School. He said the free community event will honor those who lost their lives, the first responders and the military personnel.
The club will also be collecting donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, which serves veterans and current military personnel who incurred physical or mental injuries or illnesses as a result of their service following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Contributions can be donated online via https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/group-fundraising/RotaryJCNF.
The event will include remarks by Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker and recognition of the Johns Creek Veterans Association and Johns Creek police and fire personnel.
“I hope that [audience members at the ceremony] will remember the powerful sense of community that we all felt 12 years ago and that they are motivated to continue to support the community,” Spears said.
The Roswell Rotary Club, in partnership with the city of Roswell, will also host a 9/11 Tribute today at 8:30 a.m. at the Faces of War Memorial on the grounds of Roswell City Hall.
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Georgia State Sen. John Albers will be the keynote speakers. Other dignitaries in attendance will include Roswell Rotary President Dave Schmidt, American Legion Post Commander David Keefer, Roswell VFW Post 319 Commander Gene Donley and Rev. Malone Dodson of Roswell United Methodist Church.