As people across the nation prepare to honor and remember those who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001, may they also reflect on the changes people have made in the years following that devastating day. People may be more aware and vigilant of their surroundings when needed, for instance, but most importantly, people have joined together more as family, as community, as Americans–working together, instead of staying solitary; being proud of our nation, not afraid of our enemies.

God Bless those who were lost on September 11, 2001, and God Bless America!

As for services in Harrison County, many communities will be honoring not only those lost, but also first responders, from 9/11, and those who care for and protect our local communities on a daily basis.

On September 11, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. the Hopedale United Methodist Church would like to invite all churches, and the public to participate, at their church or where you are at the designated time listed below. “We ask you to pray for our nation, our military men and women, and the families that lost loved ones on that specific horrific day, ten years ago,” Pastor Ruby Foutz said, adding, “We should all pray that we remain one nation under God.”

The church bell will ring ten times (in multiples of ten) starting at 8:45 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center; 9:03 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center; 9:37 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon; 10:07 a.m. in remembrance of those who lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa.; and 10:25 a.m. a moment of silence, in remembrance of the many that lost their lives in the ongoing war against terrorism. The morning will be filled with Patriotic Songs that will be sung by the group, The Tribulation Tribe, and Mrs. Pat Beckett of Hopedale will also be entertaining those attending.

In Jewett, the community will be commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9-11, honoring those who serve, and celebrating the freedom that they preserve. The day’s service and activities will be sponsored by the Jewett United Methodist Church, and will begin with a parade at 2 p.m. that will start at the firehouse and proceed to the community park. Fire and police units, tractors, bikes, cars, and more are welcome to join in the march.

The 9-11 Memorial Service will begin at 2:30 p.m. with Jewett VFW Post 3072 raising the flag and performing taps. Special music will be provided by Charlotte Curry, Four for Him, and Barb Horn. Guest speaker Ronnie Stillwagon will then take the podium, followed by the recognition of first responders and military from around the area. After the service, family activities will take place including: food, popcorn, candy, a baking contest, incredible duck race, cornhole tournament, bicycle decorating contest, pet picture contest, old fashioned games, water games, crafts for children, karaoke contest, music by the Vinyl Classics, and much more until 6 p.m.

The Hopedale Legion will also have a program honoring 9-11 and our servicemen and women that will include members of the Legion, Hopedale VFW, and Hopedale VFD. A 21-gun salute will start the ceremony off at 9 a.m., followed by a moment of silence in honor of those lives lost ten years ago, and the ringing of a bell recognizing each unit of first responders. A tribute to 9/11 will also be placed at the base of the flagpole that will feature items from the trade center site. Many activities will go on throughout the day, and a flag internment ceremony will be held at dusk.

Flushing Alliance Church is remembering 9/11 with a special concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. The Jacobs Brothers of Pennsylvania will spread the Gospel through music and area firemen will also be recognized for their service. The Color Guard from Flushing American Legion Post 366 will also be on hand for the event.

A timeline of  the events that took place on 9/11/01 is available in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.