9/11 Salute to He­roes planned in Gra­sonville

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

GRA­SONVILLE — Sun­day, Sept. 11, is Pa­triot Day. As the na­tion re­mem­bers the loss of thou­sands who died in the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks on 9/11, it’s time again for the an­nual Salute to He­roes at The Jetty Restau­rant and Dock Bar, 201 Wells Cove Road. Ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in what has be­come the area’s largest an­nual me­mo­rial for 9/11.

“Come out to The Jetty Dock Bar on Sept. 11, start­ing promptly at 6 p.m., and en­joy a mov­ing cer­e­mony, a me­mo­rial toast, live mu­sic, dis­counted food and drinks for public safety per­son­nel and, most im­por­tantly, a chance to meet, greet and thank your lo­cal he­roes for all their hard work,” said or­ga­nizer Justin Davis.

The years marks the 15th an­niver­sary of the 9/11 ter­ror at­tacks. Davis has planned and hosted the lo­cal Salute to He­roes since 2003.

The Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment will have its re­habbed lad­der truck from New York on hand to help dis­play the gi­ant Amer­i­can flag. Bag piper Randy Welch will be back to for­mally open and close the cer­e­mony.

The event not only hon­ors the lives of those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice, but it also rec­og­nizes all public ser­vice per­son­nel — fire­fight­ers, EMS, po­lice, mil­i­tary, doc­tors and nurses — for the work they do.

The cer­e­mony is set for 6 to 7 p.m.; Davis rec­om­mends ar­riv­ing early. The dress code is ca­sual, how­ever, those wish­ing to wear uni­forms or sta­tion gear are en­cour­aged to do so.

Me­mo­rial T-shirts are avail­able by advance or­der, which Davis is tak­ing now. Sizes are avail­able from small to XXL. T-shirts cost $15 for small, medium, large or ex­tra large; $17 for XXL; and $19 for XXXL.

De­part­ments at­tend­ing who wish to bring a piece of ap­pa­ra­tus are asked to con­tact Justin Davis in advance due to lim­ited park­ing. All ap­pa­ra­tus will be placed on Wells Cove Road or un­der the Kent Nar­rows Bridge. Call 410-829-2821.

PHOTO BY ALEX WOLF

Randy Welch and Rob Mur­ray lead a pro­ces­sion of lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders and mil­i­tary per­son­nel into The Jetty Dock Bar dur­ing a pre­vi­ous Salute to He­roes.

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