SLIDESHOW: 9-11 Memorial Ceremony at Battleship Park

The father of News 5's Alison Spann was the first American killed in the War on Terror.
The father of News 5's Alison Spann was the first American killed in the War on Terror.

More than a thousand people have gathered at U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park this morning to honor the victims of the September 11 attacks in a special ceremony.

Giving the keynote speech at the memorial event is News 5’s Alison Spann, who joined the WKRG Staff in August as a digital journalist.

Spann’s father, Johnny Michael Spann, was the first American killed in the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “Mike” Spann was a CIA Captain in the Special Activities Division who was an Alabama native.

Among others speaking at the event were Dr. Barry Booth, Pat Downing and Iraq War Veteran Nathan Cox. The event was held indoors due to the threat of rain, however, the wet weather held off.

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