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Thursday, September 5, 2002

Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on America on Sept. 11. It was a day that will be recalled as one of the most horrific days ever suffered in America.

Visions of airplanes slamming into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon will flash across the minds of almost every American as memorial services take place across the nation.

The North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem will hold a tribute at the NAEC flag pole at 8 a.m. Sept. 11. The public is invited to honor those who lost their lives.

Hans Oliver, president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, has requested Salem residents wear red, white and blue to work or school in support for those who lost their lives Sept. 11 and to honor the heroes who worked to save lives and the families left behind. At noon Oliver is requesting the community to say the Pledge of Allegiance out loud and to say a prayer for the nation. In addition Oliver requests drivers to drive with their headlights on to honor those who perished.

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Spear is requesting the presence of the community at a ceremony at noon Sept. 11 at the flag pole in front of the Horseshoe Bend City Hall in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the tragic events last year.

There will be readings to let the world know the community is also affected by these atrocious acts committed against the nation, Spear said.

Sharp County Judge Harold Crawford has declared Sept. 11 as Patriot Day. A memorial service is scheduled for noon at Center Stage in Cherokee Village. Don Norton of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will give the invocation. Jack Stevens, commander of VFW Post 346, will make the opening remarks. Denise Gibbons will sing "God Bless America" and Kermit Larson will play "Taps." Other scheduled speakers include Crawford, Cherokee Village Mayor Marge Rogers, Cherokee Village Chief of Police Larry Smith and Cherokee Village Fire Chief Mike Taylor.

"This date should be a major date to be observed each year as a memorial and remembrance of those who were victims and those who sacrificed their lives in the service to others," said Cherokee Village Alderman Jack Stroup.

The Thayer-Mammoth Spring Ministerial Alliance will hold a 9-11 community memorial service Sept. 11 at the Thayer First Baptist Church at 7 p.m.

This special service is to honor all the emergency personnel in the area. A special offering will be taken and given to the local help group Hands of Hope.

The Mammoth Spring, Hardy, Salem, Cherokee Village, Ash Flat and Horseshoe Bend United Methodist churches will hold a day of remembrance at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Cherokee Village United Methodist Church. Choirs from all the churches will perform. The Rev. Rex Darling, district superintendent, will be the speaker.

Nationally, a memorial service is scheduled to take place at Ground Zero in New York City. The service will begin with five bagpipes and drum processionals marching to Ground Zero from points in each of the five boroughs. At 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time there will be a citywide moment of silence to mark the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center. Also at 8:46 a.m. all houses of worship are encouraged to "Let Freedom Ring." They will ring their bells for 140 seconds. At 8:47 a.m. the New York City official service will begin, with speakers including Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani. At 10:29 a.m. there will be another moment of silence to observe the moment the second collapse occurred, with a second round of church bells.

President George W. Bush is scheduled to visit Ground Zero shortly after noon. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will recite FDR's Four Freedoms speech at sunset in Battery Park, with heads of state from around the world in attendance. The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil and musical performances.

Memorial services at the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania crash site will be less formal, but will take place throughout the day.



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