Major General (Ret.) Bill Raines Delivers Commemorative Speech for “9/11: A Day of Remembrance”

PHOTO: (Left to Right): Greg Vital, President and Co-founder of Morning Pointe Senior Living, Major General (Ret.) Bill Raines, and Renee Nail, Executive Director of the Scenic City Women’s Network (SCWN), attended the 9/11: A Day of Remembrance event at the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center on September 1, 2021.

Photo Credit: Scenic City Women’s Network

Published September 3, 2021

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Scenic City Women’s Network (SCWN) hosted a special televised 9/11: A Day of Remembrance event on September 1, at the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga. Major General (Ret.) Bill Raines, delivered words of prayer and remembrance to gratefully acknowledge military and first responders for their sacrifices made two decades ago in the wake of the tragic events occurring on September 11, 2001. 

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The commemorative event opened with remarks by Sally Worland, Event Chair of 9/11: A Day of Remembrance, followed by Keith Hardison, Executive Director of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, who welcomed attendees with a speech and prayer. The Chattanooga Police Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department presented the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Music was provided by singer-songwriter Mel Madaris, who performed “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “A Job to Do” and “God Bless America”. 

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Guests received words of welcome from Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), both by telecast. Pastor (Ret.) Margaret Ferguson of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, led attendees in a moment of prayer for churches and families. Wanda Officer, founder and CEO of Alpha & Omega Outreach, offered prayer for the education system and students.  

Renee Nail, Executive Director of SCWN, delivered closing remarks and extended gratitude to the dignitaries, community members, leaders and sponsors observing the special commemorative event. This year’s 9/11: A Day of Remembrance event was made possible by The Patriot Post, The Patriot Foundation Trust, Morning Pointe Senior Living and Greg Vital, and media partners Moody Radio WMBW 88.9 FM and Ran Design Media.

The televised event will air Friday, September 10, at 1:30 p.m., on FOX Chattanooga, and Saturday, September 11, at 1 p.m., on The CW Chattanooga

SCWN, founded in 1994, is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry for Christian professional women and businesses designed to Encourage, Equip and Energize members to fulfill Christ’s mission to bless others in His love, grace and truth. Members enjoy a number of professional benefits to include special events, webinars, development programs and more. For more information about SCWN or to learn more about future events, visit and follow SCWN on Facebook

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