Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Public events commemorating Sept. 11



The Cincinnati Enquirer

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:

• TODAY

CLIFTON - The second annual Peace Village vigil in memory of Sept. 11 begins at 7 p.m. 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.

• THURSDAY

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 include a moment of silence, air-horn blasts from fire equipment signifying the South Tower collapse, and time for reflection.

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 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.

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.

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 Revs. Paul Stark and Jerry Hill.

CRESCENT SPRINGS - A candlelight memorial service begins at 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 service is sponsored by the cities of Villa Hills and Crescent Springs, and by the Villa Hills Historical Society.

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.

DOWNTOWN - The Cincinnati Fire Museum will be free to the public Thursday in memory of firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel and others who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The museum is located at 315 W. Court St., near Plum, adjacent to City Hall, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information: (513) 621-5553.

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.

EDGEWOOD - Turkeyfoot Middle School staff and students host "Day of Remembrance" ceremonies at 9 and 10 a.m. at the school, 3230 Turkeyfoot Road. Victims of Sept. 11 will be remembered and local veterans will be recognized for their service. Information: (859) 341-0216.

ERLANGER - The city is holding a 15-minute 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.

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

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.

LEBANON - Representatives from every fire department in Warren County will take turns ringing the county's bicentennial bell in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. The ceremony kicks off at 9:02 a.m. Thursday at the firefighters and EMS memorial, located at the county's Justice Drive campus. That black granite monument was dedicated in May.

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.

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 includes fire and police personnel from across the region, starts at 7 p.m. at Castle Skateland, 980 Loveland-Madeira Road, and ends with a ceremony at the fire memorial near Nisbet Park.

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.

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.

MIDDLETOWN - The Taft/McKinley learning community will hold a remembrance ceremony, "We Are All In This Together," at 1:45 p.m. Thursdayat the flagpole of McKinley Accelerated School, 1210 S. Verity Parkway. A reception will follow in McKinley's library. The event is open to the public. The students have collected change to donate to the Middletown Fire Department and the Butler County Chapter of the American Red Cross for children who have lost their homes in fires. Fire Department and Red Cross members will be on hand, and additional contributions may be made.

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.

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.

NEWPORT - Firefighters and police officers from across the region will attend a 9:30 a.m. memorial service Thursday at the Northern Kentucky Firefighters Memorial, next to the World Peace Bell, at Fourth and York streets.

After the Peace Bell tolls, names of the 343 firefighters killed in the line of duty on Sept. 11 will be read. Aircraft from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department will fly over the ceremony and bagpipes will be played. The Rev. Terry Wilder of Burlington Baptist Church is doing the invocation; the Boone County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard will present colors. Keynote speaker is Anthony Munoz, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other speakers include Chief Dale Harshbarger, president of the Kentucky Firefighters Association, and Ronnie Day, executive director of the Kentucky State Fire Commission.

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

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.

WINTON PLACE - The Cincinnati neighborhood has planned a Sept. 11 Memorial Community Picnic from 6-8 p.m. at Winton Commons Park, North Edgewood and Hand streets. A memorial prayer will be given at 6:30, followed by music by the Winton Place Kings Chorus. Bring a dish to share; burgers, sweet corn and soft drinks are provided.

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 ablair@enquirer.com or fax (513) 768-8340. Include daytime phone number.