Smyrna Rotary Wings of Freedom Fish Fry among 9/11 commemorative events


Hundreds of people gathered at Smyrna Airport on Saturday to enjoy freshly cooked fish and all the trimmings on the 20th anniversary of Smyrna Rotary’s Wings of Freedom Fish Fry and Classic Car Cruise.

The event began in 2003 as a way to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. Since the first fish fry, the club has raised over $1.7 million which is being put back into the community.

Organizations supported by Smyrna Rotary include Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County, Meals on Wheels, North Rutherford YMCA, Senior Activity Center of Smyrna, Habitat for Humanity, Nourish Food Bank, Smyrna Library, Read To Succeed, among others.

WKRN's Neil Orne, left, stands with Smyrna Fire Rescue Service Chief Bill Culbertson and Deputy Chief Ferris Belcher at Wings of Freedom Fish Friday.  The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Smyrna and was held on September 10, 2022 at Smyrna Airport.

Rutherford County Public and Private School Teachers of the Year were honored at this year’s Fish Fry.

More 9/11 commemorations were held over the weekend to mark the 21st anniversary of the attacks.

The ceremony was held Friday at the 9/11 Memorial on the campus of the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. The local landmark includes a 3,000-pound I-beam from World Trade Center Tower 1.

Greg Mays, director of homeland security at the Tennessee Department of Security, was the guest speaker for the eighth annual 9/11 commemoration at MTSU.

The program also included welcoming remarks from retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, MTSU Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs and Leadership Initiatives; the singing of the national anthem by Stephen Smith, professor at the School of Music; a minute of silence; reading of the 9/11 timeline by MTSU ROTC cadets; and tap dancing by Robert Aanerud.

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