By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - All over the county on Sept. 11, residents will take a moment to stop and remember the ways their lives have changed since the tragic events of 11 years ago.
In Fort Pierce, a memorial service will honor CeeCee Ross Lyles at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Park, 600 N. Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce. The event is open to the public and will remember and honor all those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.
Ms. Lyles was a flight attendant and former Fort Pierce police officer who died when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.
The city placed a life-sized bronze statue of Ms. Lyles overlooking the Indian River. Born and raised in Fort Pierce, Ms. Lyles attended Fort Pierce Westwood High School and later served for six years as a Fort Pierce police officer. In 2000, she moved to Fort Myers to pursue her goal as a flight attendant.
In Port St. Lucie, a Remembrance Service will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Martin Health System Village Square. Special seating will be available at the ceremony for those residents who suffered a personal loss that day.
After the ceremony, the city will unveil its Sept. 11 monument, built in front of the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.
The monument will feature an 11-foot piece of steel from the World Trade Center that the city received last year. The memorial will be a fountain with a base of green granite to symbolize the grass field where Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. On top of that will be a representation of a pentagon, with the footprints of the twin towers inside. The images of the towers were actually designed to scale to fit inside the pentagon. On top of the towers will be supports that hold up the steel piece.
Following the unveiling of the monument, the public is invited to go into the civic center, where refreshments will be served and the art gallery will be featuring a special Sept. 11 exhibit.
The Port St. Lucie Civic Center is located at 9221 S.E. Civic Center Place in Port St. Lucie.