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In observance of 9/11

Thursday, September 28, 2006

FIVE YEARS: Mammoth Spring VFW Post 7831 and Ladies Auxiliary held a five-year commemorative 9/11 service at the Mammoth Spring City Park Sept. 11.
MAMMOTH SPRING -- A large crowd gathered Sept. 11 at Mammoth Spring City Park when Mammoth Spring VFW Post 7831 and Ladies Auxiliary presented a five-year commemorative program to honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

The VFW presented the colors followed by the four branches of the service. A bell was tolled nine times for the ninth month and 11 times for the 11th day. Paster Stan Jagow from Spring River Presbyterian Church in Hardy said the opening and closing prayers for the program.

Samantha Linderman, a student at Mammoth Spring School, sang the "Star Spangled Banner" and everyone said the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Jean Pace reflected back on that day in 2001.

Post Commander Bobby Turner and Auxiliary President Dorothy Parks both spoke briefly about the day.

The Mammoth Spring School Band, led by Jamie Webb, played several patriotic songs and those in attendance sang.

Carrie Haney, the only living charter member of the ladies auxiliary, laid a cross decorated with the special 9/11 buddy poppies as Rhonda Sprutels sang "Go Rest High on the Mountain."

Pastor Ralph Scogins from the Koshkonong Assembly of God Church presented a message to the crowd.

Mike Crase served as master of ceremonies for the event.

Those gathered lit candles of their own and helped those around them light candles.

Local law enforcement, fire department and ambulance crews turned on the red, white and blue lights on their vehicles.

Thayer American Legion Post 344 fired a rifle volley, and "Taps" was played by the Legion. Everyone at the service was given a special 9/11 poppy.

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