Association thanks those who attended 9/11 event

Published 9:35 am Wednesday, September 21, 2011

To the Editor:

Sunday, Sept. 11, was a beautiful day.

The flags were flying at half staff as the people gathered at the Garden of Remembrance and Honor to remember the ones who lost their lives on Sept.11, 2001, and to honor our emergency service personnel. They are truly heroes.

Boy Scout Troop 3 raised the American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Jack Finley was honored for serving as a volunteer with the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department for 57 years .The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department received a check for $1,000 for having the longest serving volunteer.

Rusty Chase, emergency management coordinator for Isle of Wight County, read the names of our fallen heroes from the plaques on the wall.

A flag that carried the names of the ones who perished on Sept.11, 2001, was donated to the county by The Isle of Wight Citizens Association to display in the new courthouse.

Henry Bradby was honored by the Rushmere Volunteer Fire Department for his efforts in bringing the Rushmere Fire Department to the community.

We enjoyed beautiful music by the Smithfield High School band and chorus.

Harry Cassell led us in singing the “National Anthem.” “Taps” were played to close our program.

The Isle of Wight Citizens Association thanks everyone who attended and participated. Hope you enjoyed the program as much as we enjoyed having you with us on this most important day.

Grace Keen
Isle of Wight Citizens Association