Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Sunday, September 11, the City of Hattiesburg will observe the 21st anniversary of 9/11 with a memorial ceremony to honor lives lost during the attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93 in 2001. The ceremony will feature a special keynote by Marshall Ramsey, Editor-at-Large for Mississippi Today.
For decades, Ramsey has interpreted national and local events through cartoons that deeply resonate with audiences from all over.
“Whether it’s a tragedy or something lighthearted, Marshall Ramsey somehow manages to convey and communicate the spirit that we’re all feeling at that very moment,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “And on September 11, 2001, he had to sit in his office and somehow interpret or put words or pictures to what we were all feeling, what we were all fearing…and he managed to do that. We look forward to hearing his story and his journey through interpreting the emotions of America as we traveled through those initial days.
Ramsey’s cartoon of the Statue of Liberty crying as the two towers fell, as well as his series of 9/11-related cartoons, earned him one of his two Pulitzer Prize nominations.
Remarks will also be made by Fire Chief Sherrocko Stewart, Police Chief Peggy Sealy and Mayor Toby Barker, with special music provided by the Hattiesburg High School String Quartet.
The program will take place at Fire Station #1 (810 North Main Street) outside, and it will begin at 8:40 a.m.