Solemn steps

Firefighters from Citrus Sheriffs’ Fire Rescue Stations 8, 23 and Battalion 1 take a knee at the 9/11 Memorial at Liberty Park Sunday to end the traditional Freedom Walk from the Valerie Theatre in Inverness to the park.

INVERNESS — Each year, the City of Inverness takes time on Sept. 11 to remember the tragic day where nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. 

The city has partnered with the Operation Welcome Home, a Citrus County-based nonprofit dedicated to honoring and lending a helping a hand to veterans returning from the Global War on Terrorism, and the National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers (NARLEO), to commemorate this fateful day with a 9/11 Freedom Walk and exhibit of artifacts at the Valerie Theatre.

The 9/11 Freedom Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Valerie Theatre plaza. Participants will head to the Military Memorial at the City Administration Building, and circle back to the Valerie Theatre at 207 Courthouse Square, Inverness. 

Operation Welcome Home has provided flags to the participants 9-11 Freedom Walk since its inception. Operation Welcome Home was founded by Barbara Mills in 2007, and serves local veterans returning from service around the world.

“It’s important that we as a community come together to remember the lives lost and honor the courage of the outstanding members of our armed forces and first responders,” Mills said.

All are invited to participate in the walk, and also view an exhibit of 9/11 artifacts, flags and memorabilia at the Valerie Theatre from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The display is curated by Citrus County NARLEO.

For information, contact Eileen Walsh at or 352-341-7850.

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