The Twin Towers in NYC before the attacks.
Nine years after the terror attacks on America, citizens of the Lake Stevens community will come together in a “Patriot Day” ceremony to honor the innocent victims of September 11, 2001.
The commemoration event honors the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, airline flight takeovers, and the American military service personnel who have died in the war against terrorism while other members of the service continue to fight.
The service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, September 11, in front of Fire Station 81 in downtown Lake Stevens.
At 9:46 a.m., prior to the start of the service, sirens at all fire stations in Lake Stevens will sound to commemorate the moment when the first hijacked airliner struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center complex.
The siren will be followed by the tolling of the bell from the First Baptist Church in downtown Lake Stevens.
Speakers for the service will include Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori and Lake Stevens Fire Marshal Robert Marshall.
The memorial service is being organized by Lake Stevens American Legion Post 181 with assistance from the Lake Stevens Kiwanis.
Immediately after the service there will be a unique opportunity for the citizens of the Lake Stevens area to participate in a memory book signing.
People will be able to sign their names and leave a comment of support and unity to share with others directly involved with the attacks. One book will be sent to Headquarters, New York City Fire Department.
A second book will be sent to The Pentagon Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. Another will be sent to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The fourth book will be given to the Lake Stevens Historical Society for placement in the Lake Stevens Museum. Everyone young or old is encouraged to find time during the day to stop by and sign the memorial books before the day’s event ends at 6 p.m.
A short nine-minute video will be looped throughout the day at the book-signing canopy.
This will be a visual reminder of that date in history when nearly 3,000 people died. The video was produced by the Chehalis Veterans Memorial Museum and uses raw images from news and private sources made available for public viewing. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with the book signing and video.
Remember that flags are to be flown at half-staff on this day. If your flag is fixed, then it would be appropriate to have a black streamer attached to the peak and long enough to cover the bottom part of the flag.