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Charleston group commemorates 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Rotary Club of Charleston (Source: CRC) Rotary Club of Charleston (Source: CRC)
Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy Chaplain Robert Dewey speaks at 9/11 program (Source: Live 5) Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy Chaplain Robert Dewey speaks at 9/11 program (Source: Live 5)
Charleston Air Force base Chaplain Walt Bean speaks to Rotary Club of Charleston (Source: Live 5) Charleston Air Force base Chaplain Walt Bean speaks to Rotary Club of Charleston (Source: Live 5)
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A local Charleston group commemorates the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attack Tuesday during a special program.

The Rotary Club of Charleston meets every Tuesday at the Harbor Club of Charleston for their meetings.

At the meeting on the Tuesday before 9/11, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will join the group to perform several patriotic songs.

During the program, Charleston chaplains and leaders in law enforcement recalled their involvement in that event in history.

“I ended up going to New York City with the Disaster Mortuary Team with the federal government,” said Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy Chaplain Rob Dewey. “Our lives have all changed forever."

Dewey said his experience during that time is something he will never forget.

Meanwhile, Chaplain Walt Bean, the head chaplain for the Charleston Air Force Base, spoke about the 15-year anniversary since the tragedy.

He said how the country responded after the tragedy is what needs to be remembered.

"That way we can remind ourselves to be steely in our resolve about how we interact in our community,” Bean said. “Those things that are crucial for robust communities and good partnerships."

"We've definitely had some challenges in the Charleston area since the 9/11 attack,” Dewey added. “With those challenges I think our community has done an admirable job into looking what we can do better. There are some things in our community that are helping us get there."

"Our police department has worked with our citizens to come up with strategies to improve policing and relationships, and that's our Illumination Project that we're taking to city council next week," said Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.

Tecklenburg also acknowledged our city’s response to tragic events and we are trying to move forward.

"After Emanuel happened here, our community did come together,” said Alissa Lietzow, President of the Rotary Club of Charleston. “It wasn't like some of the other cities across the United States with rioting and fighting. We didn't have that. We had a wonderful community response."

Leaders hope to continue to make changes throughout the city to bring the community together.

The Rotary Club of Charleston was founded in 1920. For almost 100 years the club has connected people across Charleston and served the community. The group is made up of leaders in the community as well as businesswomen, bankers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, realtors, accountants, and educators.

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