Events honor victims of terrorist attacks

September 02, 2002

Editor's Note: Remembrances, church services and fund-raisers are among the events being held in the Tri-State area on Sept. 11 to honor the victims of last year's terrorist attacks. The Herald-Mail will occasionally run a list of Sept. 11 events. To add an event to our list please call 301-733-5131, extension 7682, or e-mail

  • City of Hagerstown. The city will hold a ceremony, "In Honor and Remembrance - Woodmen Salutes America's Heroes," at 10 a.m. at Fairgrounds Parks.

    That evening at 7 the city and the Hagerstown Suns will host a communitywide Sept. 11 Remembrance Event at Municipal Stadium. The event, which is free, will include performances by the South Hagerstown High School Band and a community choir.

    Organizers for the stadium event are looking for volunteers to sing in the choir and to usher. People interested in volunteering can call Karen Giffin at 301-739-8577, extension 116.

  • Cascade American Legion. Cascade American Legion Post No. 239 will host a Sept. 11 "Patriot's Day" ceremony at the post starting at noon. It is to be a big event with a dedication of a new Patriots Memorial, the kick-off of a new Legion-sponsored college scholarship program for children of military personnel killed on or after Sept. 11, the reintroduction of the World War I and II Blue Star Service Banners and a "We Will Remember" arts display from area students. The mayor of Smithsburg will speak, the Smithsburg High School Band will perform and the county commissioners are invited. At least 200 people are expected to attend.

    Post Commander Gregg Stevens can be reached at home at 301-824-4102 or the Post at 301-241-3117. Ann Duble, publicity, can be reached at 301-619-3324 or 301-241-4867.

  • Human Chain. Lynn Bibbee, community volunteer coordinator for Sam's Club in Hagerstown, is holding fund-raisers in honor of local heroes - among them Hagerstown City Police and the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway - as the Sept. 11 anniversary nears. A human chain will be formed on Wesel Boulevard at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 11. A police escort will begin at 8:46 a.m. before a moment of silence. For information, call Bibbee at 301-714-0096.

  • Remembrance. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 13025 Greensburg Road, Smithsburg, will hold a daylong remembrance. Doors will open from 8 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 8 p.m. Silent prayers and meditation will take place. Holy communion will be offered at 11:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Highlights include lighting candles for peace and ringing bells at significant times throughout the morning and evening.

  • Julia Manor. Frederick Street, planning ceremony, 11 a.m., with tree planting, balloon launch and reception for residents and family. Contact Pauline McIntosh, 301-665-8700, for information.

  • Commemorative Service. Christ Reform Church of Christ, 117 W. Main Street, Sharpsburg, will hold a commemorative service on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. with special music and speaker Ron Grubb, a UCC minister and a registered nurse who was on duty in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department members, Sharpsburg Area Emergency Medical Services members and law enforcement officers will be honored. For information, call 304-676-2818.

  • Worship Services. The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area plan three worship services to remember the lives of those who were killed in the terrorist attacks and to honor police, fire and rescue personnel.

    The first service will be at 9 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church on the Square in Chambersburg. The coordinator is the Rev. Robert Cook, 1-717-267-3085.

    The second service will be at noon at the Letterkenny Army Depot chapel. The coordinator is the Rev. Charles Kampmeyer, 1-717-264-0760.

    The final service will be held at the band shell in Memorial Park at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, the service will be held in the Chambersburg Area High School auditorium. The coordinator is Mary Ann Deal, 1-717-352-7243.

    Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial services will begin at 7 p.m. at the flagpole in Memorial Park. For information, call the Rev. William Harter at 1-717-264-5715.

  • City of Frederick. The city will have tributes throughout the day at Baker Park with a main event at 7 p.m. at the Baker Park Bandshell.

    The evening event includes a candlelit memorial service and readings by such people as Mayor Jennifer Dougherty, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and Police Chief Kim Dine. Participants are asked to bring their own candles.

    There will be choir music from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Memorial Grounds on Bentz Street.

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