Salute to He­roes honors first re­spon­ders, mil­i­tary

Record Observer - - Community - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­

CH­ESTER — Two can­dles on the stage in the out­door seat­ing area at The Jetty Dock Bar were lit by Justin Davis in mem­ory of Bruce Smith and Pat An­drew, who both died within the past two years.

The can­dles were lit to honor their mem­ory dur­ing the an­nual Salute to He­roes held on Sept. 11 each year to rec­og­nize the brav­ery and sac­ri­fice first re­spon­ders and mil­i­tary per­son­nel made that day 16 years ago, as well as to pay trib­ute to those who con­tinue to ser ve.

The cer­e­mony be­gan with a pro­ces­sion of col­ors by the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps Color Guard through the out­door seat­ing area, led by Randy Welch on the bag­pipe and Rob Mur­ray on the drums. Queen Anne’s County first re­spon­ders, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the sher­iff’s of­fice and the De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, marched sin­gle file through the stand­ing crowd.

“To­day we re­mem­ber Sept. 11, 2001, when this coun­try was cow­ardly at­tacked by an en­emy that caused great pain and death to our cit­i­zens of the United States,” said Phil Du­me­nil, for­mer county com­mis­sioner and event Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies. “So tonight we re­mem­ber our first re­spon­ders and our mil­i­tary and ev­ery­body that came to us and helped us that day. To­day, we re­mem­ber and this day mov­ing for­ward, we never for­get that dread­ful day.”

Ma­jor Scott Wil­lens with the United States Army sang the “Star Span­gled Ban­ner” af­ter Du­me­nil lead those in the bar in the Pledge of Al­le­giance. Wil­lens later in the cer­e­mony per­formed, “I’m Proud To Be An Amer­i­can,” as well as “God Bless Amer­ica,” to close the event.

Jac­que­line Ol­son with the Mary­land State Fire­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion said she re­mem­bered who she was with, where she was at and what she was do­ing when the news came of the at­tack in 2001. “We will not for­get the men and the brav­ery that they did when they ran into the build­ing when ev­ery­body was run­ning out,”


Justin Davis, Salute to the He­roes event or­ga­nizer, read about why re­mem­ber Sept. 11, 2001 is im­por­tant and should not be for­got­ten dur­ing the 2017 Salute to the He­roes event at The Jetty Dock Bar on Mon­day, Sept. 11.

Peo­ple at The Jetty Dock Bar at­tend­ing the 2017 Salute to He­roes event raise a glass to toast those men and women who died serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor those serv­ing to­day.

First re­spon­ders gather out­side The Jetty Dock Bar in Gra­sonville on Mon­day night prior to a ser­vice re­mem­ber­ing Sept. 11, 2001, and the first re­spon­ders who served.

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