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Monday, September 09, 2019

9-11On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered a great tragedy when four planes were hijacked and deliberately flown into two important buildings: the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.  This devastating attack claimed the lives of over 3,000 people and more than 400 police officers and firefighters.  As a nation, we stood together to overcome the largest terrorist attack on our soil.  Today, 16 years later, we still stand together to honor the many lives lost and to pay tribute to the bravery of the men and women who worked tirelessly to find survivors.

On December 18, 2002, President Bush signed a resolution into law proclaiming September 11 as Patriot Day.  On this day each year, our nation joins together to honor the lives lost.  Although Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, the United States joins together at 8:46 a.m. marking the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center with special church services, prayers and moments of silence.  In addition, flags are flown at half-staff as a mark of respect.

We encourage the community to join us in a moment of silence on Wednesday, September 11 at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives and for those who risked their lives for one another during this tragedy. 

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Friday, September 06, 2019
Columbus Water Works is a proud member of this community. We partner with Keep Columbus Beautiful and other organizations to support several programs that enhance our way of life. One of the programs is the Annual Help-the-Hooch and Watershed Festival. This program started 25 years ago as an idea for a clean-up project. The first year, we had over 500 volunteers working to clean up the Chattahoochee River and Riverwalk. This past year we had over 11,000 volunteers and were recognized as the single largest clean-up project in Georgia, encompassing Muscogee County, Harris County, Ft. Benning and Russell County in Alabama. Volunteers in the Chattahoochee Valley area have been working hard to help protect our water, which is the most precious resource we have. 

In recognition of these efforts, a Watershed Festival has been added to the river clean-up eve2019 help the hoochnt. At this festival, groups and companies come and display what they are doing to help protect our community and the environment.

This year’s event will be on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Friday’s event will focus on the area’s schools and Ft. Benning. Saturday’s event will focus on community volunteers and the Watershed Festival. The river and waterway clean-up will be on Saturday, October 5th and start at 8:00 am and finish at 11:00 am. The Watershed Festival will be held at Woodruff Park, 100 Bay Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901, Beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission at 706-653-4008 or visit their website at:

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