9/11 prayer, remembrance ceremony at Station 204

American Legion Paschall Post 164 will hold its 2014 Patriot Day “9/11 Prayer and Remembrance Ceremony” at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11, 2014 at Jackson Township Fire Division Station 204, 4900 Buckeye Parkway in Grove City, Ohio. Station 204, which opened in May 2014, was selected as the location for the remembrance ceremony because of its 9/11 Memorial complete with an I-beam recovered from World Trade Center ashes in New York City.

Legion Commander Jeff Shipley said the ceremony is in remembrance of fire personnel, police officers, first responders and members of the armed services.

“We started having a ceremony because we noticed no one else in the area was having a 9/11 memorial,” Shipley said. “It’s just to remember the day.”

Joining American Legion members, Jackson Township Fire Division personnel and township officials will be Ohio Rep. Cheryl Grossman, officials from the City of Grove City including representatives from the Grove City Division of Police.

“Every year, Sept. 11 reminds us that evil still exists in many parts of the world,” said Jackson Township Fire Chief Rick Dawson. “In the wake of unspeakable human tragedy that day and the days that followed, we were reminded of the goodness of humanity. Let us never forget their bravery and courage.”

The ceremony will include a 21-gun salute, 24-note “Taps”, which expresses gratitude when words fail, and a moment of silence at 8:47 a.m.

“On 9/11, we pause to reflect on the commitment of our first responders who answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice, putting the safety of those they serve above their own,” said Grove City Division of Police Chief Steve Robinette. “We have a duty to honor their service and courage on that fateful day. We should also show our gratitude to our men and women in the armed services who stood up in the wake of events on 9/11 to protect the freedom we treasure as Americans.”