National Civil Rights Leader Myrlie Evers-Williams and Oregon’s Brigadier General James Cunningham to Speak at Bend, Oregon’s, 9/11 One-Year Anniversary Patriot Day Event
City Desks, News & Assignment Editors
BEND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 28, 2002
Keynote Speaker Myrlie Evers-Williams, Author and Civil Rights
Leader, and Guest Speaker Brigadier General James Cunningham,
Commander of the Oregon National Guard, Bring a National
Flavor to This Historic Event
History records Sept. 11, 2001, as the bloodiest day on American soil since the Civil War.
To recognize the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, “Patriot Day: Remembering September 11th, 2001” will be held in Bend, Oregon, at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, Old Mill District (541/312-0131), on Sept. 11, 2002, at 7 p.m. PST. Dedicated to all the innocent victims who lost their lives and the patriots who gave their lives, it will honor firefighters, police, emergency personnel and military who bravely responded, and recognition will be given to these heroes.
Led by Mike Johnson, Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Committee of Central Oregon, the ceremony will focus on the words of President George W. Bush, spoken to the nation on Sept. 11, 2001: “These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat, but they have failed. Our country is strong. Terrorist acts can shake the foundation of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.”
Other speakers in the two-hour program include government officials, fire and police chaplains and local church pastors. A candlelight ceremony will honor the memory of thousands of victims. Loren Edwards will sing the national anthem. Colors will be presented by the Bend National Guard, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and reading of the Firefighters’ Prayer. Taps will be played by the United States Marine Corps, and a military fly-over is planned.
Bend’s largest flag will be featured on stage, donated by Thomas Sales & Service of Bend. To show support of overseas servicemen the event will be videotaped and sent to Operation Eagle.
Sponsors of this city-wide event include City of Bend, Deschutes County, Central Oregon businesses, Horizon Communications, Southbound Sound, BendCable Communications LLC, The Bulletin, Bank of America, Inn of the Seventh Mountain, Bend Ministerial Association and Life Giving Churches of Central Oregon. Admission is free. For more information call 541/388-5505.
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