Chuckatuck plans 9/11 tribute

Published 11:19 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2011

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, several churches and organizations in Chuckatuck are holding a gathering for the community to remember the national tragedy and honor the men and women who lost their lives that day.

The Greater Oakland Chuckatuck Ecumenical 9/11 Remembrance Service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Station.

Along with the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department, St. John’s Episcopal, Wesley Chapel United Methodist and Oakland Christian churches are sponsoring the event, which is open to people of all religions.

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“Because this is the 10th anniversary of the disaster, we believe this was the right time to sit down and hold the service of remembrance,” said the Rev. Les Ferguson, the rector at St. John’s. “It’s not a religious ceremony; it’s about remembrance.”

The service will include a reading of the president’s proclamation of remembrance, scripture readings and several prayers, including call-and-response prayers.

At the event, the pastors from the different churches will speak, and Alec Winslow, the chaplain from the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department, will also say a new words.

Members of the Chuckatuck Ruritan Club and other community organizations also will be present.

“The focus is going to be on reconciliation and working together to capture the sort of feeling of never forgetting that everybody lost something either in the moment on Sept. 11, 2001 or in the years since then,” Ferguson said.

He added the service will honor not only the men and women who lost their lives on Sept. 11 but also all of the people who have died in the wars related to the attacks.

He said he wanted to have the ceremony be communitywide, because everyone was affected by the events of 9/11, no matter where they are from or what religion they practice.

“It impacted everybody,” Ferguson said. “We’re all interconnected – that’s why we’re inviting the community to attend. Together, we stand stronger than each of us individually.”