Sunday, September 7, 2003

Public events on Sept. 11

Greater Cincinnati's commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks includes prayer services, marches and conferences.

Public events, listed by the event day and location:


CLIFTON - The second annual Peace Village vigil in memory of Sept. 11 begins 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., and ends Thursday morning at the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

Led by the Rev. Jerry Hill and the Rev. Frank Carpenter, this vigil will include the reading of poems, reflections, music and reading of the names of all who died in the terrorist attacks.


NEWPORT - Firefighters and police officers from the region will attend a memorial service at the Northern Kentucky Firefighters Memorial, next to the World Peace Bell, at Fourth and York streets on Thursday.

After the Peace Bell tolls, names of the 343 firefighters killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11 will be read. After the reading, aircraft from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department will fly over the ceremony.

The service begins at 9:30 a.m. with an invocation by the Rev. Terry Wilder of Burlington Baptist Church.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard will present the colors, and each fire department will display their city or department flag during the ceremony.

The keynote speaker will be Anthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Other speakers are Chief Dale Harshbarger, president of the Kentucky Firefighters Association, and Ronnie Day, executive director of the Kentucky State Fire Commission.

Capt. James A. Kuchenbrad of the Louisville Division of Fire will play the bagpipes. Eugene Burden, a retired Newport firefighter and emergency medical technician, will sing the national anthem.

CRESCENT SPRINGS - A candlelight memorial service will be 7 p.m. at Crescent Springs Community Park, 800 Buttermilk Pike.

The service will honor police, fire and other emergency workers.

There will be a flag-folding ceremony by the American Legion auxiliary, and several local musicians will sing patriotic songs.

The memorial service is jointly sponsored by the cities of Villa Hills and Crescent Springs, and by the Villa Hills Historical Society.

ERLANGER - The city of Erlanger will hold a short Sept. 11 memorial observance at noon in front of the Erlanger Municipal Center, 505 Commonwealth Ave.

The Erlanger police and fire department color guard will raise the American flag, and have a short prayer. The ceremony will last 15 minutes.

ANDERSON TWP. - A brief remembrance service will be hosted at 9:58 a.m. at the Anderson Township Government Center, 7954 Beechmont Ave.

The service will be led by Fire Department chaplain Harvey Koch and will consist of a moment of silence, air-horn blasts from fire equipment signifying the South Tower collapse, and time for reflection.

CLIFTON - The second annual Interfaith Walk for Peace starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Clifton and McAlpin avenues, south on Clifton Avenue to the University of Cincinnati's Sept. 11 memorial.

The walk will be led by the Rev. Paul Stark and the Rev. Jerry Hill.

LOCKLAND - Lockland Christian Church, 231 Mill St., will salute the work of Lockland-area officials at its "Honor Our Heroes" service at 7 p.m. The public is invited to help honor police officers, firefighters, educators, medical workers and military personnel.

MOUNT HEALTHY - Carrying signs such as "Peace,'' "Be nice'' and "Students Against Violence," Frost Elementary students will march for peace to promote nonviolent solutions to conflict.

The eighth annual peace rally kicks off at 2 p.m. in the school gym, 2065 Mistyhill Drive.

The march will follow at 2:30 p.m. and proceed west on Mistyhill Drive to south on Spruce Hill to east on Roosevelt to north on Pleasant Hill and end at the school's "peace pole" for a pledge of nonviolence.

The rally and march are also a celebration of the PAVE (People Against Violent Environments) Peer Mediation Program.

BRIDGETOWN - The Varsity Singers of Oak Hills High School will perform a memorial concert at 7:15 a.m. in the auditorium. Music and readings are planned.

MADEIRA - A special remembrance service and patriotic music will honor police, fire, military and other public workers 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave.

MONROE - The Dry Run Band will perform 9 p.m.during a memorial/benefit at the Groggy Blues Cafe, 10 S. American Way.

The event will honor fallen Cincinnati firefighter Oscar Armstrong III.

The cover charge of $3 and all proceeds of split-the-pot and raffles will benefit the firefighter's children. Information: (513) 539-7150.

AVONDALE - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will join the Peace Village organization to hold the second annual Conference on Youth and Peace 1-4 p.m.

The conference will examines issues facing adolescents, including conflict and drug use. It will take place in the hospital's Sabin Education Center on the Burnet Avenue campus.

Participants include students from Aiken High School, and representatives from Peace Village and Children's Hospital.

HYDE PARK - Zan W. Holmes Jr.,a nationally known religious and civil rights leader, will preach during a 7 p.m. service at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Ave. Holmes will speak about serving God and neighbor.

WALNUT HILLS - Keep Cincinnati Beautiful will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:45 a.m. for Cincinnati Liberty Garden, a public space to honor those who died Sept. 11 and all others slain while working to keep America free.

The garden is on a hillside above the Vietnam War Memorial on the corner of St. Paul and Alpine Place in Eden Park.

Participants include color guards from the Cincinnati police and fire departments, the Walnut Hills High School marching band and Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken.

NEWPORT - An artist's exhibit opening at The Artery gallery, 913 Monmouth St., honors the Sept. 11-related deaths of two people, sculptor Michael Richards and Aon Corp. executive Wendy Faulkner.

Char Allen's exhibit of paintings, sculpture and poetry will be unveiled at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

Richards was a friend of Allen. Faulkner, who lived in Mason, died in the World Trade Center while on a business trip. Allen will donate one of her paintings to the Wendy Faulkner Children Foundation.

DOWNTOWN - Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St., will hold a service of holy communion with a special reflection at 12:10 p.m.

The service is open to people of all faiths.

DELHI TWP. - Students, staff and faculty of the College of Mount St. Joseph will participate in an 8:30 a.m. prayer service that will start in the quad and proceed to the Mater Dei Chapel, off Neeb Road.

At 11:30 a.m., time has been set aside for reflection and sharing of participants' thoughts on Sept. 11 in the college's trustee room.

LOVELAND - A parade, invocation, bagpipe music, 21-gun salute, symphony performance and fireworks will be part of a two-hour tribute sponsored by the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department. The parade, which drew 4,000 people last year and included fire and police from across the region, starts at 7 p.m. from Castle Skateland, 980 Loveland-Madeira Road, and ends with a ceremony at the fire memorial near Nisbet Park.

MASON - Paul McCowan of the local E Team skydivers will jump with a 30-by-50-foot American flag Thursday at 7 p.m., Grace Baptist Church ball fields, 5595 Mason Road.

For more information, call 398-1989.

EVANSTON - A memorial Mass will be held at Bellarmine Chapel at noon on Xavier University's campus. All are welcome.

If your community is hosting an event commemorating the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we would like to hear from you. E-mail information to or fax (513) 768-8340. Include daytime phone number.

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