9-11 memorial ceremony planned for downtown SL

Thursday, September 4, 2003

Storm Lake will host a "brief but meaningful" ceremony next Thursday to mark the second anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America.

Organizers say they feel the need to stop for a moment to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the attack, and to honor the heroes who emerged that day.

The 500 block of Lake Avenue downtown will be closed off for the event, which begins at 5:30 on September 11.

Included will be a message by Mark Prosser, Storm Lake Public Safety Director, and a presentation by Rev. David Bernhardt of Albert City, who will draw on the military experiences of his family. "God Bless America" will be performed by vocalist Alan Buckingham and "Amazing Grace" by bagpipe musician Archie MacKay.

AmVets Post 66 will provide a Color Guard, 21-gun salute and Taps. Police and Fire Department honor guards will take part. The Pledge of Allegiance will be said aloud, and Nathan Jensen will offer a welcome. Shannon Asmus will offer a closing.

The event is co-sponsored by Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes and Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Homes in the area.

The ceremony will coincide with the Taste of Storm Lake event downtown Thursday, and will take only about 20 minutes, organizers said. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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