GRAFTON—The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary presented a program at the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday, in remembrance of September 11, 2001.
The auxiliary lit candles in honor of the anniversary of 9/11, to remember and honor all those who lost their life on the tragic day, and to remember the servicemen and women who are currently serving the country.
Auxiliary member Polly Foreman told everyone what each of the six candles with different colored ribbon represented as they were lit.
“The orange ribbon represents the start of that beautiful fall September morning. The yellow ribbon represents the fire fighters that went to the aid that day,” she recited. “The blue ribbon represents the sincerity of the police officers that were there to assist.”
According to Foreman, the red ribbon represents the courage and bravery of the emts, police, fire fighters, service men and women and all others that rushed to the aid of those in need.
“The black ribbon represents all the grief that our nation has felt,” she expressed. “The white ribbon represents faith. The faith we have in our heroes and leaders at home that work to make our nation great.”
After the candles were lit one of the auxiliary members read a poem about the events of that tragic day and how the country came together and became stronger.
In addition, Mayor Peggy Knotts Barney was in attendance to read the proclamation for Patriot Day.
“It is my privilege and honor to be here today,” she expressed.
She read that 17 years ago, more than 3,000 innocent people lost their lives when a calm September morning was shattered by terrorists.
“From this great tragedy a new spirit has a risen. A sense of family, community, brotherhood and patriotism,” she voiced “We have come together in Grafton, strong, proud, equipped and prepared to take action against threats.”
She told the attendees that today they join with the entire nation in celebration and recognition of the 17th Patriot Day, to remember and honor the invincible spirit of America and its hero.
She proclaimed September 11, 2018 as Patriot Day in the city of Grafton and requested that all citizens lower their flags to half-staff and take a movement of silence and prayer for those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
“May god continue to bless Grafton, Taylor County and watch over our great nation,” she imparted.
In addition, members from the Taylor County Honor Guard were also in attendance at the program.
Member Lorraine Isner thanked everyone for inviting them to perform a flag folding ceremony and explained the meaning behind the folds.
“We will be preforming this ceremony in honor and memory of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001,” expressed Isner.
After the ceremony VFW Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson led the benediction to close the program.