Panola County residents gathered for a 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday to mark the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks and remember those who were killed.

Organizer Arthur Lorenzo announced this week he has moved his annual 9/11 memorial event to Longview this year.

This year’s theme will be “18 Years: The Pain Never Disappears, We Must Never Forget.” Lorenzo invites the community to come and pay their respect and honor those who have been lost at the time of 9/11 and since.

The event be on a smaller level than previous ones held in Carthage, but it will include a display of actual pieces of the World Trade Center, artifacts, souvenirs, newspapers, magazines and the 9/11 memorial flag.

The event was moved after the Carthage City Commission declined to cover the $300 cost for use of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame as a venue for the event during an April City Commission meeting.

Lorenzo noted that because of the sensitive material on display, people should be aware if they have any health problems or if reliving a tragic event can cause physical or psychological trauma. Parents should also be aware of this in concerns to their children.

The memorial will take place at the Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton St. in Longview from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 11.

For more information, email Lorenzo at madawl@yahoo.com and include 9/11 in the subject line.