Winslow remembers 9-11

Columns from the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 are on display at a new park in Winslow. The community of Winslow gathered on Sept. 11 in remembrance of 9-11.

Columns from the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 are on display at a new park in Winslow. The community of Winslow gathered on Sept. 11 in remembrance of 9-11.

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Sept. 11, 2012 was the 11th year after the World Trade Center Towers were destroyed in New York. It was the 10th year Winslow held a Remembrance Memorial Service for 9-11 and also the10th anniversary of Winslow's acquiring of the 9-11 iconic columns.

In program order, the following people participated: Bill Herron gave the welcoming speech. Dale Hancock gave the Invocation. Mike McGee played "Highland Cathedral" on bagpipes. Department of Corrections Color Guard presented the flag. Kaye Ricks sang the "National Anthem." Bill Hudnall led the Pledge of Allegiance. Winslow High School (WHS) Band played "God Bless America." Bill Heron explained the history of Winslow's columns. The memorial wreath was placed by Walmart drivers Allan Velly and Mike McBee. Mike McGee played "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes. Mayor Boyd gave a memorial speech. Winslow Police Department gave remembrance speeches. WHS Band played "America the Beautiful." Francis Perkins gave a remembrance speech. Paul Ferris presented a 9-11 park update. Kelci White sang "From A Distance." Gene Hancock gave the Benediction. Mike McGee played "Taps" on Bagpipes.

There were about 300 people in attendance. Joseph City Fire Department attended as well as Winslow Fire Department, Winslow Police, EMS Ambulance Service, Navajo County Sheriff and officers and a Navajo County supervisor. Beforehand the participants had an enchilada dinner at Falcon Restaurant where the kids scarfed down hot dogs. It was a solemn ceremony but the people who gathered here for it enjoyed the interactions and fellowship.

Thanks to all who gave their time, for participating and making this 9-11Memorial Service successful. Additional thanks to Lani White, Dee Rodriguez, Chief Garnett, Chief Hernandez, Bill Herron, Mike McGee and Dr. Peters for planning and execution of this annual service.

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