Greene County News Report
FAIRBORN – The phrase, “We shall never forget. We shall keep this day. We shall keep the events and the tears in our minds, our memories, and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on” is etched on Fairborn’s 9/11 Memorial, and as every year since that terrorist attack, Fairborn continues to remember those touched by the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy.
The City of Fairborn will host its 14th annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony beginning 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on the front lawn of the National Center for Medical Readiness, 506 W. Xenia Drive.
The ceremony will include the presentation of the colors by the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard, followed by an invocation by Pastor Aaron Chivington and welcoming comments by Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick. Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer will emcee the event. The scheduled guest speaker for the ceremony is Col. Elena Oberg, 88th Air Base Wing Vice Commander.
Paul Newman Sr., will lead both the National Anthem and God Bless America, while American Legion Chaplain Roger Sloan will provide the benediction followed by the American Legion Post #526 rifle salute to fallen comrades and Taps. Officer Doug Collie of the Fairborn Police Department will conclude the event with playing of the bagpipes.
In March 2011, Fairborn received a steel artifact from one of New York’s Twin Towers, which has been incorporated into a monument. This monument serves as a constant reminder of that fateful day and commemorates the nearly 3,000 lives who were victims of the terrorists’ attacks.
The monument serves as a tribute to the first responders as well, and to the men and women who serve now, have served, or made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The ceremony is open to the public with parking available at the Eagles lodge across the street from the National Center for Medical Readiness.