Kentuckians plan full day of events to remember Sept. 11, 2001

Common thread runs throughout

bfortune@herald-leader.comSeptember 8, 2011 

People will gather in churches, in parks and on military bases Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Across Kentucky, events will include prayer, meditation, patriotic music and remarks by public officials.

First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown will have an observance from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each hour on the hour, there will be musical selection followed by a reading. "The remainder of the time people can sit or kneel, pray or meditate," said pastor Gaither Bailey, who will lead guided meditation throughout the day.

At 8:46, 9:03, 9:37 and 10:03 a.m. — "the times the planes hit the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and the plane crashed into the field in Pennsylvania, our church bells will toll 11 times," Bailey said.

"The day will begin with an aura of despair, but during the 11 a.m. worship hour the tone will move to one of hope," he said.

"We want to show that people have survived, have gotten through their despair and their hope lies in Christ Jesus."

In Lexington, events begin at 8 a.m. at Coldstream Research Campus with a 4.03-mile Run to Remember sponsored by Lexington firefighters to honor the several hundred New York City firefighters, police officers and Port Authority police officers killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11.

Also, firefighters on bicycles will have a 91-mile Ride to Remember where cyclists — carrying American flags — will ride to each fire station in Fayette County. The ride is for firefighters only.

Lexington did not get a request from New York City to send firefighters after the Twin Towers collapsed, said Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs. "But a feeling of kinship exists among all firefighters," he said. "Any time we lose a fellow firefighter anywhere, it hits home."

The city's official observance will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Cheapside Park downtown with the presentation of colors by the police and fire color guard, singing of the national anthem by Everett McCorvey and remarks by Dr. Emily Craig, the state's former forensic anthropologist, who helped at Ground Zero.

A concert from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Cheapside will be similar to ones around the world, said Lori Houlihan, special events liaison in Mayor Jim Gray's office. Featured will be the Jordan English Band, the Kentuckians Chorus, Catch 22 and Lexington Singers.

Bringing the day to a close will be a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza downtown.

Reach Beverly Fortune at (859) 231-3251 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3251.

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