Monday, September 10, 2012
The White House is also encouraging citizens to volunteer.
Remember 9/11 by flying your flag at half-staff on Tuesday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Sept. 11 has been declared Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance. In a proclamation to the country, President Barack Obama has asked citizens to remember the “abiding spirit of compassion” that filled the nation after the attacks by volunteering in the upcoming days. “Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America's sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue -- not just on …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Victims, first responders, military honored in ceremony
In the midst of Fall Into Avon fun, Avon residents came together Sunday afternoon to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A ceremony, organized by the French Creek Development Association, at the former police station on Detroit Road featured a salute from an honor guard of VFW Post 7035 and speeches from Avon mayor Jim Smith, acting police chief Capt. Richard Bosley, and assistant fire chief Tim Golay. Scouts from Troop 333 presented the flag and led the crowd of about 100 people in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Residents commemorate with ceremonies, flags
On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Avon Lake businesses and residents spent the past week remembering the victims of the terrorist attacks. From the Sept. 9 ceremony at Redwood Elementary School to the Sept. 11 reading of victims' names at Avon Lake High School, those in Avon Lake took the time this week to remember.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Students place flags on school lawns
Younger students in Avon Local Schools weren't even born on Sept. 11, 2001. But that doesn't stop them from commemorating the day and honoring their country. Several schools in town celebrated Patriot's Day on Friday. Students wore red, white and blue clothes and helped create flag displays outside their school. At Avon East, students came out two or three classrooms at a time to plant small American flags on the front lawn. Several passing motorists gave a honk of approval, which thrilled the kids. Did your children participate in Patriot's Day events at their school? Share your photos here! Teacher Peggy Masin said that it was important for children to learn about patriotism. Her son, Barry, is a lieutenant in the Marines.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Day is one of two when flags should be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset
Patriot Day is Sunday, Sept. 11 and the United States flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise (7:03 a.m.) to sunset (7:43 p.m.). “It is a solemn occasion and a chance to honor those who died and the heroes that emerged that day,” John Shondel, Sergeant-at-Arms for the American Legion Post 211 said. Shondel has created an email alert system to notify residents when to fly the flag at half staff. “On this day, it is appropriate to fly your American flag at half staff from sunrise to sunset,” Shondel said in his most recent "Operation Fly the Flag" email alert. “Many Americans will also be showing that they remember by displaying other memorial flags and decorations at their homes and offices. The day will be marked with memorial …
Ceremony, church service to remember 10th anniversary of attacks
Avon will gather to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks Sunday afternoon in a ceremony at the old Avon police department. The remembrance ceremony is being organized by French Creek Development Association, said Paul Burik, who is working on the event. The ceremony gets underway at 2 p.m. There will be a presentation of colors by an honor guard from the VFW. Mayor Jim Smith, and representatives from the Avon police and fire departments, are expected to attend. Following brief remarks, there will be a moment of silence. The flag will be raised, then lowered to half-staff. The honor guard will fire a salute, and Taps will be played. Police and fire vehicles will do a drive-by at the end of the ceremony. As the …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Patches across Northeast Ohio and America are talking to people about how their lives have changed since that day 10 years ago
Whether they decided to join the armed forces, learned life lessons on the compassion of others or just paid closer attention to world news, Americans were changed by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in so many ways. This Patch and others across the country are commemorating the anniversary of Sept. 11 by documenting how our lives have changed – not just the security measures at airports, but how we feel and what we are doing about it. This photo gallery is taken from the 17 Patches in Northeast Ohio. Photos and stories from Patches across the country will be posted on the Huffington Post website Sept. 11. Below are links to some of the Sept. 11 Patch stories published in Ohio: Beachwood: 9-11: Day of National Tragedy, Personal Loss for …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Avon fire chief Frank Root learned just what the firefighter brotherhood means.
One of Avon fire chief Frank Root's most treasured possessions is a hat he never wears. What makes the hat special is the giver. The hat, embroidered with the initials FDNY and a football, was given to him by one of the many New York City firefighters he befriended in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Root was a firefighter in Elyria in 2001. After the second plane hit the World Trade Center, his father, Frank Sr., who was still fire chief in Avon, called his son to see if he would go to New York with a truck. While they didn't go to New York – so many fire departments just showed up in the aftermath that others were being turned away – he got to know many FDNY firefighters when Elyria's fire department became a sister station with …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
How did the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 impact your life? Share you story with Avon Lake Patch.
Everyone remembers where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. But in every community across America, there are those who were more directly affected by the terrorist attacks and the decade of war, fear and unrest that has followed. We are looking for those of you in Avon Lake who have felt that affect more closely than most, and we want to share your stories. Were you there or know someone who was in New York or D.C. that day? Did you go afterwards to help? Did you or someone you know join the military because of the attacks? These are only a small sampling of the ways 9/11 may have affected you. If you have a story to share, send it to Avon Lake Patch Editor Lori E. Switaj at Lori.Switaj@patch.com. Please describe briefly how 9/11 affected you…
Monday, May 30, 2011
This garden at Avon Lake High School has added plaques honoring those killed in service.
In a courtyard at Avon Lake High School, surrounded by history classes, sits the Garden of Empowerment. The garden pays tribute to those who served the country, and those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, but also allows visitor to sit and reflect not just on the past, but the future as well. The concept of the garden was born when a member of the Avon Lake High School Key Club, Zach LaFleur, was considering ways to remember those killed on 9/11. He placed more than 3,000 small U.S. flags outside the high school. Key Club adviser Gjergj Haxiu wanted to continue the tribute. He received the help of another student, Kelsey Hamilton, who obtained a $15,000 grant for the project, and the trio began building plans for the courtyard memorial. “The …