Alabama Prepares To Mourn September 11th Anniversary

American flag displays, memorials and prayerful tributes across Alabama will mark Thursday's second anniversary of the September 11th attacks - - a day for remembering fallen heroes and the innocents who died that terrible day.

The activities calender for this unofficial Patriot Day should be kept full, says Johnny Spann of Winfield. He's the father of Johnny Michael Spann, the C-I-A officer who was the first American killed by the enemy in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. Spann worries that lack of anniversary activities may signify that Americans are becoming complacent. Governor Bob Riley requested that Alabamians observe a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m., the time the attacks began, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at noon Thursday. Riley also ordered flags on state government offices lowered to half-staff. Though the list of Alabama events isn't as long as last year, people haven't forgotten the thousands of lives lost in the attacks.

Thursday's schedule of events around Alabama includes a noon service at Government Street United Methodist Church in Mobile, where the Reverend Rob Gulledge said the community needs to "pause and remember those who lost their lives." --In Montgomery, Fire Department spokesman William Davis said the public is invited to a 10:30 a.m. memorial service at the fire station on Carmichael Road. Flags will be lowered to half-staff at Maxwell Air Force Base and other military bases. --In Huntsville, Army officials scheduled a 9 a.m. ceremony on Redstone Arsenal, with a high school band and speakers, but it's for Redstone troops and employees only, a spokesman said. But the public is invited to a 3:30 p.m. event in Birmingham at a downtown memorial to the September 11th victims. Children who worked on the project will be honored for their "hero tiles." Birmingham's September 11th Memorial Walk is located between Third and Fourth Avenues on 19th Street North.