The City of Sylvania is planning a Patriots Day 911 Ceremony for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in River Centre Park at Main and Monroe Streets.
Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony. Veterans, fire fighters, police officers, local dignitaries, Town Crier Michael Leiber, and elements of the Northview High School Band are expected to be in attendance.
It has been 12 years since the 9/11 attacks. As with previous years, the ceremony will allow us to pause and remember the 9/11 [terrorists] attacks and connect us with similar ceremonies being held around the country.
There are assemblies like this one, some smaller and some much larger, planned in New York City, in Washington D.C., in Shanksville, Pa., around northwest Ohio and all around the country.
The 21st Century began with these terrible attacks twelve years ago on 9/11/2001. Our lives are changed everyday as a result of the threat of terrorism. Travel security is more difficult and some feel we have sacrificed some of our freedoms in response to terrorism.
Our emergency responders have new equipment, new training and new missions. Fire fighters and police officers will be recognized at the 11 a.m. ceremony, as will our local veterans.
We are reminded there are others in this world who hate America for our way of life, for our freedoms, for our diversity and for our equality. They profess the need to destroy America and our way of life. Conflicts that began in Afghanistan and Iraq as a result of 9/11/2001 continue to this day.
Many Americans have served and continue to serve in those conflicts, and they and their families are paying a greater price to preserve our freedom than the rest of us.
Young people from Sylvania have voluntarily joined the armed forces to serve the cause of freedom, and are in harm's way.
Join us at the 2013 Patriots Day 9/11 Ceremony, to mourn and honor those who died or have been injured, and to comfort those who lost loved ones on or since 9/11/2001. And on this September 11, 2013 let us also remember and honor those patriots among us who have served or who are serving today in the cause of freedom.