The Field of Flags at Warren County Memorial Park serves as a solemn reminder of the lives lost during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
On the ninth anniversary of that day, two Patriot Day ceremonies will be held at Warren County Memorial Park.
According to project coordinator Ruth Seebeck, members of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of Bradford will be in attendance this year. In addition, the team plans to bring a Stryker armored vehicle.
“This is a first,” she said.
The first service of the day begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and will honor emergency service responders in Warren County. The keynote speaker for the morning event will be Bill McClincy, executive director of EMMCO West, Inc. (Emergency Medical Management Cooperative).
During the evening service, which begins at 6 p.m., Congressman Glenn Thompson, R-Fifth, will make an appearance to honor military personnel. Seebeck said the evening ceremony draws nearly 1,000 people each year.
“The services start with a bagpiper from a distance, then it gets closer,” she said, adding that the morning bagpiper will be Bob Carlson, and the evening bagpiper will be Jack Patterson.
Organizing and conducting the services is possible through the collaboration of community groups and various volunteers.
The placement of the 3,100 flags occurred over the weekend with the help of the Sheffield and Warren Area High School football teams, local Boy Scouts, veterans, senior citizens and children.
“It went awesome,” Seebeck said. “It took us an hour and half. That’s the fastest we ever done it.”
Seebeck is soliciting help again to set up the Mile of Candles luminaries on Saturday, Sept. 4. The luminaries serve as a memorial for those killed in the Persian Gulf since 9/11.
She is also looking for support in the form of cookie donations.
“You can’t feed a thousand people without a lot of cookies,” she said.
The event is supported by groups from across the county. Eisenhower High School Band Boosters will provide food service prior to the evening ceremony. The Zonta Club of Warren serves as the hospitality group for the event.
“The Little League organization loans us bleachers,” she added.
Seebeck views the Patriot Day services as a chance for everyone to give thanks while connecting with neighbors, servicemen and emergency services personnel.
“It’s really wonderful because we get to come together,” she said. “We are so honored to be able to honor the heroes of Warren County. This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to thank them.”
To volunteer for the Patriot Day services or to make a donation, contact Warren County Memorial Park at 723-1540.
Photo by Brian Ferry
Some of the more than 3,000 American Flags that were installed over the weekend at Warren County Memorial Park are seen above. They will be the focal point of two services planned to mark the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and The Pentagon.