While the memory is fading for many, others refuse to forget the tragedy of 9/11.
Members of the Bee Ridge Congregational Church are organizing a Patriots Day program and dinner in honor of the eighth anniversary of 9/11.
Event organizer Cody Barnard recently told The Brazil Times all military, firefighters, police officers and emergency response personnel, whether on active service or retired are invited to attend the event planned for Sept. 13.
Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., with services beginning around 6 p.m.
"Local businesses and our church members are providing the dinner," Barnard said.
"We would like to have people who plan on attending to call and let us know they are coming so we can make sure we have enough food for everyone."
Although details have not been finalized, Barnard said a flag ceremony, several patriotic musical presentations by local musicians and choirs, patriotic and spiritual readings and a service by Pastor Jeff Bridgewater are currently planned for the hour-long program.
"It's very important that 9/11 is never forgotten. I know a lot of people don't want to remember the awful things that happened that day, but emergency response personnel can't talk about it enough," Barnard, who is also a volunteer fire fighter, said.
"That day changed the lives of everyone, forever. We have to keep remembering the victims, so we can appreciate the efforts of those who died that day so their sacrifice is not in vain," Barnard added.
All military, firefighters, police officers and emergency response personnel, whether on active service or retired are invited to attend the Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church's Patriots Day Service on Sept. 13. Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., with services beginning around 6 p.m.
Organizers would like those interested in attending dinner to make a reservation on or before Aug. 30, to ensure there is enough food. Leave a message for organizer Cody Barnard at 448-1207 or contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.