Under a large American Flag anchored at the end of ladders extended from two fire department aerial trucks, a 10th anniversary memorial service in remembrance of the events of September 11th, 2001 was held Sunday near the Veteran’s Memorial & City Hall in Sturgeon Bay. The observance began with a procession of fire & law enforcement personnel, EMT’s & first responders. Then an honor guard, led by a bag piper, marched down Michigan Street to the site of the memorial service. Pastor Jerry Groth, who provided the invocation & closing prayer, explained the purpose of the observance…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/N1459.mp3|titles=Pastor Jerry Groth]
Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Herlache read the poem “I Am The Flag”, & talked about the nearly 3,000 people who died on that September day a decade ago…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/N1460.mp3|titles=Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Herlache]
Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter reflected on the National solidarity that was seen after 9-11 by reading a poem entitled “One”, & summing things up this way…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/N1463.mp3|titles=Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter]
The guest speaker was Lieutenant Commander Jon Stone, skipper of the US Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay. He pointed out that security begins at home…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/N1464.mp3|titles=Lieutenant Commander Jon Stone]
Also speaking was Door County Emergency Management Director Ann Demeuse, & Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham. The singing of the national anthem was provided by Brittany Hallet.