Members of Lexington’s religious community gathered Sunday to reflect on 9/11 and place two wreaths in Phoenix Park in remembrance of those who died 15 years ago.
The United in Memory service was held at the 150-year-old St. Paul Catholic Church. J. R. Zerkowski, the director of stewardship for St. Paul, opened with remarks on unity among all faiths.
“Diversity is the foundation of our solidarity,” Zerkowski said.
The service included prayers from Dr. Jamil Farooqui, of the Islamic Center of Lexington, the Rev. Marsha Jean Moors-Charles of the Bluegrass United Church of Christ and Abbot Haas of the Lexington Zen Center. Lexington Fire Chief Kristin Chilton reflected on the tragedy that killed 2,977 people in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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“’Never forget:’ those are two words that have become synonymous with 9/11,” Chilton said. “We are one in our desire for peace and harmony.”
Chilton discussed how powerful it was to see the domestic and international support provided to those directly affected by the attacks. This sentiment was echoed by Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard.
“Let us accept each other for who we are and what we believe,” Barnard said. “The more accepting we can be, the better world we will have.”
The two wreaths were placed at the Memorial to Fallen Firefighters and the Memorial to Fallen Police Officers.
Fernando Alfonso III: 859-231-1324, @fernalfonso