This Monday, September 11th, the nation will again pause to remember the tragic attack on America in 2002 – and again the town of Patriot will hold its special observance.
This year’s Patriot Volunteer Fire Department Memorial 9/11 ceremonies will include the re-dedication of the Patriot Memorial Park. The festivities will begin at 8 p.m. – an hour earlier than previously announced – on Monday, September 11th.
The ceremonies will begin at the Patriot Volunteer Firehouse, where a candlelight walk will begin, as everyone moves over to the Memorial Park. All participants leaving the firehouse will – with the assistance of the American Legion Post #185 Honor Guard – proceed over to the Memorial Park on foot where the ceremonies will be conducted. Indiana House District #67 Representative Randall Frye, a retired Indianapolis firefighter on duty at the time of the World Trade Center catastrophe, will give a brief speech. Members of the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department led by Chief G. Wayne Turner Jr. will unveil a beautiful plaque designed to commemorate the World Trade Center steel beam acquired and installed in 2011 to recognize those lost that tragic day.
Longtime resident of Patriot and Pastor of Patriot Baptist Church Michael Jones will provide the history of the Memorial Park and the acquisition of the World Trade Center beam. In addition, a sign will be placed on the original school bell from the Patriot School – which is also a part of the Park. Nine-year old Emily Oatman will share her musical talent with those in attendance.
All current or past members of any fire and police departments are encouraged to attend in uniform.
Originally finished and dedicated in 2010, the concrete wall surrounding and supporting the Memorial Park had to be replaced due to degradation. The renovation also included new signage, new landscaping rock to replace the mulch, signage and repairs to the Patriot High School bell tower and the addition of the World Trade Center plaque.
The program should be limited to less than an hour. Anyone not wanting to or not able to walk over from the firehouse may go directly to the Memorial Park, which is located across from Harris Park on Highway 250.
Everyone is encouraged to attend.