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By Nancy Henry
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 6:36 a.m.

In the United States, Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance occur on Sept. 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

Connellsville will observe Patriot Day with a special program at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at City Hall Plaza.

“Our service Wednesday is to commemorate the atrocities committed against America that day and also to celebrate the remarkable emergency services workers we have in our communities,” said Bob Topper, New Haven Hose Co. fire chief and administrative director of Fayette EMS. He will present opening remarks.

Guest speaker will be Connellsville police Chief James Capitos.

Opening prayer will be given, followed by a moment of silence led by Pastor Sarah Thompson, acting pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Connellsville.

“The presentation of Emergency Services flags — with one member each of New Haven Hose, Connellsville Police and Fayette EMS — is then presented,” Topper said.

A rifle salute by Connellsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 21 members will be followed by the playing of “Taps” by a Connellsville Area High School trumpeter.

During the program, those in attendance will join in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The national anthem will be sung.

Vincent Traynor will then play “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes. The program will end with closing remarks by Topper.

The public is encouraged to attend this service to take time to remember the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, memorialize those lost that day, and to honor first responders.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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