As the sun rose over Kennesaw Mountain Saturday morning, the sound of bagpipes silenced a crowd that had gathered beside the park's visitor center.
Thus began the Field of Flags 9/11 memorial service, organized every five years by the Kiwanis Club of Marietta. This year's featured speaker was James D'Avolio, a retired New York Fire Department captain who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and lost 19 of his fellow firefighters that day.
The service ended with a series of speakers reading aloud the names of the 2,977 people killed that day. Nearby, people wandered among the forest of flags volunteers had planted the week before, one for each victim.