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Celebrating Heroes

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Events in SL remember fateful day

Thursday will mark the second anniversary of the September 11 tragedies, and several local events have been planned - including a public ceremony on Lake Avenue at 5:30 p.m., a candlelight vigil hosted by Buena Vista University at the arch at 9 p.m. to culminate a day full of activities. Also, Storm Lake Police and Firefighters will place a wreath in honor of those lost in the attacks and rescue attempts.

* Organizers of a "brief but meaningful" ceremony downtown 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. There will be performances of "God Bless America" 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. The event is co-sponsored by Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes and Sliefert-Asmus Funeral Homes in the area, with the cooperation of the Storm Lake Ministerial Association.

The event will coincide with the Taste of Storm Lake event downtown Thursday. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

* Buena Vista University will be marking the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a day of events on campus.

A candlelight vigil will take place under the Victory Arch on the BVU campus at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. It will be a time of remembrance and reflection and is themed "This Little Light of Mine." It will be an informal, meditative event and everyone from the Storm Lake community is encouraged to attend.

Other events that day will be a Prayer at the Bell at 7:30 a.m. A prayer will be said in front of the Victory Bell in memory of all those affected by the attacks. An open forum with faculty and students will take place in Schaller Memorial Chapel from 10-11 a.m. to discuss the events of September 11, 2001 and the impact those events are still making on people's lives. Also that day, a Philosophy Tea will be held at 4 p.m. at Woods House. The discussion will be on the Patriot Act and other government proceedings.

* The Storm Lake Police and Fire Department will be remembering those individuals who died, were injured or lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country.

Flags at the Fire Department and Police Stations will be flown at half-mast. A memorial wreath will be displayed on the grass yard between the stations.

Uniformed Police and Fire Fighters will have their badges shrouded in black to remember their comrades that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Police and Fire honor guards will attend the Community Memorial Service on Lake Avenue and the BVU candlelight vigil.



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