By Jimmie Earls
Sun Staff Writer
It was one of the most tragic days in our country's history, and those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten. That's the goal of a special ceremony being held in Fredericktown, as well as honoring those who continue to serve today.
A Patriot Day celebration honoring members and families of the armed forces and emergency responders will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Holy Trinity Parish Center in Fredericktown. The celebration will recognize military personnel, police, fire, EMS and other emergency responders and their families from Washington, Marion and Nelson counties.
Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. William Huston, president of St. Catharine College. Performances by the Bourbon City Brass Band and the Holy Trinity Men's Choir will also be featured. Recognition will be given to those who have given their lives to protect our freedom with a moment of silent prayer.
The event's keynote speaker will be Gary Griesser. Known as the "singing motivator," Griesser is a retired Boone County school teacher who has been a professional speaker since 1987.
Refreshments will be served following the conclusion of the program.
This is the fifth year for the celebration, but the first year it has been held on Patriot Day, Sept. 11. The event was previously held on Flag Day. This will be the third year Holy Trinity Parish Center has hosted the event.