Southern Miss hosts Patriot Day ceremony

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg and the University of Southern Mississippi hosted a Patriot Day ceremony early Sunday morning at Reed Green Coliseum.

Members of the armed forces, emergency workers, police, and firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 were honored. Featured speaker for the event was retired Army major general and USM alum Jeff Hammond who survived the attack on the Pentagon that day.

"God had other plans for me in my life. I think I spend each day searching for that will and how I can do better, do more and make a difference in this nation," said Hammond. "If we do that as a value-based society, I think we're stronger, we are stronger than we even were before 9/11."

Also on Sunday, two steel artifacts from the World Trade Center twin towers given to the City of Hattiesburg were officially transferred to Southern Miss. They will be used in a permanent 9/11 memorial to be built on the campus.

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