The City of Avon hosted a solemn Sept. 11 Memorial Service at 7 a.m. in reflection of the attacks on our country in 2001.
The gathering was held at the community’s new Veteran’s Memorial behind the Fire Station on Detroit Road.
Mayor Bryan Jensen offered the keynote address, remarking that the tragic events of that fateful day 19 years ago served to bring Americans closer. It is a sentiment that would honor the memories of those who sacrificed that day.
The ceremony brought a full roster of city and civic representation. Pastor Jeffrey Phail, Avon Police Chaplain, Christian Heritage Church, offered the invocation. Firefighter Sean Byrnes and Patrolman Devon Crum lowered the colors, and Duane Steator, Safety Director, led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Patrolman (Ret.) Jeff Stanzyk, Cleveland and Avon Police presented a stirring vocal rendition of the National Anthem followed by Lt. Keith Haag’s (Avon Police and Cleveland Pipes Drums) solemn offering of Amazing Grace.
Police Chief Richard Bosley shared a moment of silence and an inspiration recording of noted commentator Paul Harvey’s essay entitled, ‘Policemen.”
Asst. Chief Dave Swope, Avon Fire Department, read this year’s Presidential Proclamation, and Capt. Tim Barrett, Avon Fire Dept., sounded the last alarm on the city’s antique fire truck. Avon High senior Ian Kitchen played taps, and Pastor Davie Woolsey, Avon Fire Dept., Faith Lutheran Church, concluded with a closing prayer.