On Tuesday, the North Olmsted police and fire departments and North Olmsted VFW will hold a memorial service for the firefighters, EMS workers, police officers and citizens who died in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11, and the members of the armed services who have died since.
Members of North Olmsted safety forces have held a ceremony each year since 9/11. This year’s memorial will be held at North Olmsted Fire Station #1, 24291 Lorain Road, and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Members of the North Olmsted fire and police departments, as well as VFW members, will be present. The ceremony will be from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. It includes a short prayer service by the North Olmsted VFW and a remembrance of those who died in the attacks on America and the soldiers who have died in the wars since.
For further information, contact Firefighter Dave Stein or Lt. Ken Hehnen at 440-777-1214.
The tentative schedule as of Sept 4:
9:30 a.m.: Attendees are asked to arrive at North Olmsted Fire Station #1 by this time.
9:45 a.m.: All safety personnel should be in place on the front apron of Fire Station #1 (they will maintain silence while in ranks and visitors are asked to honor this as well).
9:50 a.m.: VFW chaplin to give notation of day and lives lost, and prayer.
9:53 a.m.: North Olmsted Fire Department Lt. Ted Vance to sing the national anthem, and the flag lowered to half staff.
9:59 a.m.: South Tower collapse, noted by ringing of bell (5-5-5-5, four sets of five chimes).
10 a.m.: One minute of complete silence.
10:01 a.m.: VFW Commander Jeff Richie, to give a short address to the crowd remembering and honoring the loss of those who have given so much.
10:10 a.m.: Closing prayer by VFW chaplin and playing of taps.
10:15 a.m.: Adjournment to Fire Station #1 for open house.