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September 11 National Day of 
Service & Remembrance

By Kelly Bledsoe
kellybledsoe@triad.rr.com
As a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the victims of September 11, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and to remind people of the importance of working more closely together to improve our world the Town of Denton will host the third annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance in Harrison Park, Thursday, September 11, 2014 starting at 8:30 am.

The ceremony is designed to remember the extraordinary courage and sacrifices of those who put their own lives on the line so that others might live, as well as pay tribute to those who continue to serve locally and nationally.

Thirteen years after the pain and destruction of 9/11 hope still prevails in our small community of Denton, North Carolina. Hope that we as Americans will continue to heal, to become stronger, and to choose good over evil. In the aftermath of 9/11 many of us remember two things: a shaken faith in humanity and an amazing upsurge of goodwill. It is this collective goodness that is the heart and soul of American society… what keeps us strong and proud and connected.

With these ideals in mind, the Town of Denton will recognize and honor those in service. The South Davidson High School band will perform the National Anthem followed by a moment of silence. Officers will be recognized, and special guest speakers will give tributes, with an invocation delivered by Reverend Sharon Lee.

Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony of appreciation and we urge all our citizens to recognize the heroism of firefighter, rescue and law enforcement personnel, military service members and the many volunteers who responded to tragic events with courage, determination and skill; and to remember the victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Painful memories will always remain, as they should, but remembrance stirs us to reflect on both the evil and, yes, the good that emerged on that tragic day and in its aftermath.

Memories and reflections of 9/11, and what has transpired since, inspire us to recommit to the essential values that form our country. We must never falter in the defense of human freedom and the preservation of human dignity.

Anyone with a 9/11 story to share, either from his or her own account or through a family member is encouraged to contact Chief Mark Hicks at 859-2164.

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