Let Freedom Ring


Columbia County and Columbia County Ballet join together for the 9/11 Day of Remembrance.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and while Columbia County once again will hold its 9/11 Day of Remembrance, changes have been made to this year’s ceremony.

The occasion will feature a special performance by the Columbia County Ballet called “Freedom,” which was choreographed by former Columbia County Ballet student Michael Viator. The performance will feature the 45 dancers of the ballet company.

“The take away from this ballet is that we would all remember our nation’s history and the principles America was founded upon. We must never forget or take for granted that freedom is never free,” Viator says.

“In this day and age, it seems so affirming to remember who we are and to remember that we are a free people. One nation, under God, indivisible. That’s who we are,” adds Ron Jones, Columbia County Ballet artistic director.

The event begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Memorial Gardens Amphitheater behind the Evans library and will include presentation of the colors by the Columbia County Fire Rescue Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer.

Ballet Merger
The long-standing relationship between Columbia County Ballet and Augusta Ballet just got closer. The organizations announced recently that they have merged.

With the merger, the official school for the performing company will remain Columbia County Ballet. The performing company, which is a non-profit corporation, will be presented under the name Augusta Ballet.