Patriot Day ceremony planned

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

Monroe and Union County will hold a joint Patriot Day celebration on Sunday.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held on the Hayne Street side of the historic Union County Courthouse in Monroe.

Patriot Day is an annual day of remembrance for those who died or who were injured during terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Though Sept. 11 falls on Wednesday of next week, plans are to observe the day on Sunday so that more people can have the chance to attend, Monroe Fire Chief Ron Fowler said.

“We’re doing it on the 8th (Sept. 8) just because it is a Sunday afternoon and we just felt that more people would be able to come out,” he said.

Monroe and Union County have held a Patriot Day celebration every year since 2001. Various agencies and organizations from around Monroe and Union County are planned to attend and participate in the event.

“We’re doing it in observance of Patriot Day and just a time to remember Sept. 11, 2001 and to remember all those that were killed or injured on that day and to remember their families,” Fowler said.

The event is also to honor current first responders and military personnel, he said.

The ceremony will take place outside and will include participants from various emergency services from in and around Monroe and Union County. Honor guards from different departments will also be involved in the event and Rev. Chris Justice of Lee Park Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker. Choirs from Lee Park Baptist Church and Central United Methodist Church are planned to perform. Towards the end of the event, there will be a Firefighter’s Last Alarm ceremony, which will pay tribute to the firefighters who died on Sept. 11 and others who have died in the line of duty since then. There will also be a 21-gun salute and buglers at the event who will play Taps. Members of the Union County Chapter of the American Red Cross will also be there Sunday and will offer refreshments for those who attend, Fowler said.

“It’s just a time to get out there and reflect on Patriot Day and what a blessing it is to live in America,” he said.

Other Patriot Day events:

On Sept. 11, the Waxhaw Business Association invites the community to gather at the Military Wall of Honor at 8 a.m. to reflect and remember those lost on Sept. 11. Michael Ryan Realty will provide doughnuts and coffee after the service.