9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Last Sunday evening, Lexington City Councilwoman, Opal Jane Lewis, along with Amy Kelly and several other volunteers, led the community in a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on the Square in downtown Lexington. Lexington Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr. offered welcoming remarks against a backdrop of patriotic music offered by Bill Tucker. More than 100 people attended the event that included prayers, poems, a children’s choir and readings from area dignitaries. An opening prayer was given by Pastor Lance Richards of the Lexington and Blue United Methodist Churches. Members of the Color Guard for the American Legion Post #6 presented the flags. Victoria Mathis, a third grade student at Lexington Elementary School, sang the National Anthem. LHS Principal Rebecca French led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Opal Jane Lewis read a poem she wrote entitled, “That Day”. A children’s choir, led by Lance Richards, sang “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” before Lewis introduced Lexington’s new police force. Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer honored the police officers, followed by Lexington Police Chief Jerry Bowden’s reading of the Policeman’s Prayer. Mary Shelton Retzloff honored paramedics, followed by Reverend Reuel Cooper’s reading of the Paramedic’s Prayer. Leonard Seifert honored soldiers, followed by Veteran Larry Farmer’s reading of the Soldier’s Prayer. Tom Murphy honored veterans and read the Veteran’s Prayer. Members of the American Legion played Taps before a moment of silence was held commemorating the 9/11 victims. Matt Everett sang “Amazing Grace” and members of the Ministerial Alliance held a Unity Prayer. Captain Clarence Yarborough gave the closing prayer and Jeff Wahrmund led the crowd in singing “God Bless America.” The Lexington Ministerial Alliance provided refreshments following the ceremony. For more pictures, see page A8 of today’s paper. PHOTO BY RICK BEASLEY.
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