Local Boy Scouts are among the hundreds of area townspeople who annually turn out for the Warrensburg memorial ceremony honoring those who lost their lives — and responders who saved other’s lives — in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 2011 service is to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.
This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. will be attending memorial services observing the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the worst foreign-based attack on the nation’s soil.
Many will doubtlessly recall the horror of that day and the heroism of the emergency personnel who responded, saving thousands of lives while many sacrificed theirs.
Speakers at these thousands of ceremonies nationwide will be imploring attendees to “never forget.”
In Warrensburg, people haven’t forgotten. Each year, hundreds of local citizens have assembled for the Sept. 11 Memorial services, held annually without fail to honor the 2,977 citizens who died in the attacks and the sacrifices made by the firefighters, police and Port Authority personnel and emergency medical technicians.
Known as the region’s premier Sept. 11 memorial service, the Warrensburg ceremony is scheduled to be held Sunday at 7 p.m. As many as 200 people are expected to attend the emotion-filled public event, set for the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand in the center of town.
The service includes a candlelight vigil, prayers, a solemn bell-ringing, wreath-laying, and memorial speeches. Musical selections will likely be offered by the Warrensburg High School Band. Also, the local American Legion post has annually passed out American flags for the public to display their patriotism during the ceremony.
The service includes a video montage of the fateful day and inspirational music.
All area emergency responders have been invited to participate. Thurman firefighters and emergency squad members are expected to be among those on hand Sunday.
The ceremony is sponsored by the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. in conjunction with the Warrensburg Emergency Medical Services.