A moment to remember

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Owen County prepares to look back at one of the most pivotal days in American history

By Molly Haines

Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that few Americans will ever forget. The scenes from that day, when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, are likely to remain in the memory of millions for years to come.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. One Owen County church has set out to remember the sacrifices of fire fighters, EMS and police and to honor those locally.
A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Owen County Firehouse, followed by “A Time of Remembrance and Honor” beginning at 11 a.m. at Hesler Assembly of God.
Hesler Assembly of God Pastor Joel Rivera, who also serves as the Owen County Fire Department chaplain, said it’s important to remember fallen heroes and honor those who work hard to keep Owen County safe.
“In speaking with the chiefs of the fire departments, we thought it would be a good idea to have this service,” Rivera said. “It’s the 10-year anniversary of a tragic, historical event, and we felt we needed to remember those who lost their lives that day and take the time to honor our local services.”
State Rep. Royce Adams (D-Dry Ridge) will be speaking, as well as Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and a special guest who is an emergency services chaplain.
“Sometimes we don’t appreciate our local services until we need them,” Rivera said. “This is a great time to honor our local services who serve mostly on a volunteer basis. No matter the time of day, or how bad the weather is, they’re always willing to come out and help in the time of a crisis ...”
Rivera said he hopes the local firefighters, EMS and police will be motivated and encouraged by the service.
“They should know we’re praying for them,” Rivera said. “Come out and support them, encourage them and say a few words to them as individuals.”
Other Sept. 11 remembrance events include a recognition from Owen County High School Cheerleaders Sept. 9 during the Owen County vs. Western Hills football game. The event is part of National Spirit Day. OCHS cheerleaders will honor all firefighters, law enforcement, EMT/rescue squad members and military personnel at half-time.
 The Rural/Metro Ambulance, which operates in Owen County, will be reading a special tribute over some of their radio systems across the country on Sept. 11. The tribute will acknowledge each of the four attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, at the proper time. At 8:46 a.m., North Tower, World Trade Center; 9:03 a.m., South Tower, World Trade Center; 9:45 a.m., Pentagon; 10:10 a.m. United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Penn.