Colors are presented by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Tunnel Hill, Ga., at the outset of the annual Cry Out America prayer gathering on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse Sunday afternoon. Marching from right are, James Schumacher, Jacob Schumacher, Josiah Burnette and Jeremiah Burnette.

Tuesday marks 17 years since the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.

The day is now observed as Patriot Day.

Here are some of the local programs and specials being offered in observance:



' 10:30-11:30 a.m.: The Scenic City Women's Network is holding a prayer walk through downtown at 10:30 a.m. Participants are asked to gather on the Seventh Street side of the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave.

' 12-12:45 p.m.: City and county leaders will lead a Patriot Day program at the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Ave.

Walker County, Ga.

' 8:30 a.m.: Walker County Emergency Services will hold a 9/11 remembrance service on the steps of the Walker County Courthouse, 103 S. Duke St. in LaFayette.

' 5:30 p.m.: The Walker County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Cities on Our Knees program to remember the fallen at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 Highway 27 in Rock Spring.

Whitfield County, Ga.

' 6:30 p.m.: The Whitfield County Republican Party will host Darren Webb, resident agent in charge of Homeland Security in Dalton and former Secret Service special agent, during a special 9/11 meeting.


' Mission BBQ, 1926 Gunbarrel Road: First responders will receive a free sandwich from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. There will be a performance of the national anthem at noon.

' Smiles of Chattanooga, 4618 TN-58: Free cleanings, extractions and fillings for active or retired military members and their immediate families. Call to make an appointment, 423-894-5725.

' CrossFit 10-99, 4109 Mountain View Ave.: CrossFit will be hosting a 9/11 WOD; bring friends and family to honor those who were lost.

' Cash Express: Employees at each location will deliver baked goods and thank-you posters to the nearest fire hall or other first-responder station.