Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church will host its annual 9/11 "Thank You Dinner/Memorial Service," Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m., at the Forest Park Pavilion.
Coordinator Cody Barnard said all past and present firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency management service workers, military, and any other local emergency responders are invited to take part in the event.
This year, the guest speaker is Rev. Al Dicer.
"This will be the third year Bee Ridge has hosted this event," Barnard told The Brazil Times. "The first year, we had it at the church with roughly 50 people in attendance. The second year, we moved it to the (pavilion) so we could have more room. We had roughly 250 in attendance last year.
"This year, we expect an even bigger turnout with it being the 10-year anniversary."
Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., and the memorial service will begin at 6. The service, according to Barnard, will feature musical performances, a flag folding ceremony and a moment of silence.
The dinner will be set up picnic-style, provided by church members.
Barnard, who serves as a Deacon at the church, is also a volunteer firefighter. He said the event is designed to honor and say, "Thank you," to all emergency responders.
"We want them to show up and know that they are loved and appreciated by the community," Bee Ridge Pastor Jeff Bridgewater said. "We also invite the entire community to take part in this event as well."
For more information regarding the event, e-mail Barnard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-208-2373 and leave a message.
What: Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church annual 9-11 "Thank You Dinner/Memorial Service,"
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m.,
Where: Forest Park Pavilion