The 17th anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11 were observed with solemnity and respect by the City of Avon at sunrise Tuesday morning.
Mayor Bryan Jensen was joined by police and fire officers as well as community members as the flag in front of the Avon Fire and Police campus along Detroit Road was lowered to half staff.
The ceremony opened with an invocation from Pastor David Woolsey of Faith Lutheran Church. Firefighters and Police saluted as students Clare Fox and Jeana Daley performed ‘Tears in Heaven.’ Police Chief Richard Bosley shared the 2018 President Proclamation while Mayor Jensen delivered the keynote address, promising that the sacrifices made by those who gave all will never be forgotten. “We will always remember,” said Mayor Jensen in honoring the memories of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom.
The solemnity of those words were followed by the symbolic ‘Ringing of the Last Alarm’ by Captain Tim Barrett of the Avon Fire Department on the city’s antique fire truck. Avon High chorale director Emilio Jarufe, the Avon High Choir, and bagpipers Lt. Keith Haag and Ptl. Pat Sullivan performed ‘Amazing Grace.’ The Closing Prayer came from Pastor Micah Holland of Avon Methodist Church as all adjourned to contemplate the significance of this important American reminder of the cost of freedom and democracy.
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