Locally, many events are being planned, including two in Mason County. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the New Haven Fire Department will host a special march and event.
The march will begin at the Bend Area Community Center. According to Matt Shell, captain of the New Haven Fire Department, the event will honor the many firefighters as well as several others who died Sept. 11, 2001.
“The goal of (the march) was to get 343 uniformed firefighters from all over the area to come together and march from New Haven to Pomeroy, Ohio in remembrance of the 343 New York City firefighters that lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks,” Shell said. “We also invite the public to attend to honor all of the people who lost their lives as well.”
According to Shell, the march will go from the Bend Area Community Center to the New Haven United Methodist Church, where a brief ceremony will take place. The ceremony will include special singing and the blessing of the march will be given. From there, the march route will go to Mason and re-group at the Faith Baptist Church. The march will then progress from Wahama High School to the Meigs High School football field. After the football field, the march will end at the Pomeroy river front.
Once at the river front, there will be a ceremony. During this time, a wreathe will be placed in the river in remembrance of everyone who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 tragedy.
Shell encouraged the community to attend the march.
“The purpose of this is to honor and remember the lives of 2,996 victims of the attack on America that took place Sept. 11, 2001,” he said.
For more information on the march, contact Shell at 304-593-1077.
The Mason County Ministerial Association also will honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks as well as first responders with a special ceremony, slated for 7 p.m. Sunday at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The special service also will include patriotic music and a message from first responders. Nathan Fowler, one of the event’s organizers, encouraged the community to attend.
“The service is going to be a great event honoring the victims of Sept. 11 and also honoring the current first responders in the community,” he said. “There is a lot in line for the evening with great singing performances along with great fellowship.”
The event also will serve as a dedication for the piece of World Trade Center steel that the City of Point Pleasant received earlier this year. Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings obtained the piece through a legal transfer by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The piece of steel is identified as I-0096n and weighs 124 pounds. According to Billings, the city eventually plans to take the historic piece to local libraries and schools as part of an education outreach to the community.
The Sept. 11 service is free of charge, and light refreshments will be provided. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 615 Viand St. in Point Pleasant.
For more information, contact Fowler via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 304-593-1663 or call Father Dave Schmitt at 304-675-3159.