Eutaw plans Sept. 11 Memorial Service

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 9, 2005

EUTAW-It has been almost four years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City. It was a day that most Americans will never forget.

On Sunday Sept. 11, the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special memorial service in the Historic Greene County Courthouse to remember and honor the heroes who fell that day and those who continue to fight for their cause.

Sarah Lee, secretary of Eutaw Chamber of Commerce, said they have a very special day planned. She said the day would begin with patriotic music and the presentation of colors.

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“To start with, we are going to have the Greene County High School’s Junior ROTC present the flag,” Lee said. “After that we will have the New Generation Church Youth Choir sing God Bless America.”

Emergency personnel were amongst the many heroes made on that tragic day in 2001. Lee said they would have remarks from their local 911 director and recognize their own emergency personnel.

“We will also have remarks from Cissy Langham, who is our Emergency Management Agency director,” Lee said. “After that we will recognize our Greene County emergency personnel including our police department, sheriff’s department, fire department and 911 response team.”

Lee said they also planned to recognize their own local veterans and active military members.

The final presentation will come from the former commander of the local National Guard Unit. Lee said the commander spent time overseas and will give them an idea of the sacrifices the fighting men and women continue to make.

“Our final presentation will come from Lt. Chris Peterson, who is the former commander of the 168th Engineering Company in Eutaw,” Lee said. “He spent about a year in Iraq helping rebuild the infrastructure.”

Lee said the program would end with a benediction. Residents of Greene County and the surrounding area are encouraged to attend.