Thursday, August 20, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place to Honor and Remember

Please Save the Date for Friday, September 11, 2009 in Westerville.

The World Trade Center steel for the Westerville Firefighters Memorial: The Crossing arrived in Westerville on August 19th. The 4,000 pound piece of steel is from the face of the North Tower (Piece C-40) just above the point where Flight 11 hit the building.

Westerville Paramedic/Firefighter Tom Ullom recently told The Columbus Dispatch: "It stands for all that day wrought. But it survived, and it calls to mind the good that came from that day, too: all the people that came to someone else's aid, the humanity that was shown."

The first public viewing of the steel will be during a procession on September 11th up State St. at 10:30 a.m. The steel will be in front of the fire station at 400 W. Main for a noon ceremony.

The procession will begin at Huber Village Blvd. and move north through Uptown Westerville, turning onto W. Main to the firestation.

A September 11th Observance will take place at noon:

Opening Music: Westerville Firefighters’ Pipes & Drums

Welcome: Chaplain David C. Hogg

Presentation of the Colors by the Westervile Fire and Poice Honor Guards

Music: Westerville Firefighters’ Pipes & Drums

The National Anthem: Chaplain David and Darlene Murdoch

The Pledge of Alleigance: Chaplain Harold Steindam

Prayer: Chaplain Harold Steindam

First Responders' Park: Firefighter/Medic Tom Ullom, Police Officer Corey Baker, Communications Supervisor Alan Fish

Comments: Chaplain James Meacham

Police Officers' Prayer: Lt. Jeff Gaylor

Comments: Chaplain David C. Hogg

Firefighters' Prayer: Inspector James Tharp

Moment of Silence followed by the Ringing of the Bell

Retirement of the Colors by the Westerville Fire and Police Honor Guards

Closing Prayer: Chaplain David Murdoch

Closing Music: “Amazing Grace,” Westerville Firefighters’ Pipes & Drums

To learn more or to contribute to the memorial fund, visit

To read Holly Zachariah's article from The Columbus Dispatch, click here.

Click here to access a printable PDF of the 09.11.09 observance from the City of Westerville.

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. Hippocrates

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