9-11: We remember
MARCHING TO REMEMBER – Bagpiper Jean E. Orcutt leads public safety personnel from the Meridian Fire Department, the Meridian Police Department, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department and Metro Ambulance in a ceremonial march today at the Central Fire Station. Photo by Carisa McCain/ The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
Sept. 11, 2002
Firefighter James Fisher, who rang the ceremonial bell in this morning's Sept. 11 Remembrance, has not been to Ground Zero yet.
Fisher tolled the bell in remembrance of the firefighters who lost their lives attempting to rescue people from the World Trade Center a year ago today.
A large crowd gathered outside of the Central Fire Station on 14th Street to remember all that happened on this anniversary.
Prayers were offered by Senior Firefighter Jay Crane on behalf of firefighters; by Capt. Keith McCary on behalf of police; by Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Polak of Naval Air Station Meridian for U.S. military; by Clayton Cobler, director of Metro Ambulance Service for emergency medical services; and by Chief Deputy Mike Mitchell of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department who delivered the Sheriff's Prayer.
Then, the Rev. Elvin Sunds, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church, delivered the community prayer for the program.
He also prayed for peace.
Many of the people who came to the service displayed their patriotism with their clothes.
Bob Gray, 59, of Meridian, wore a red-white-and-blue shirt. He also wore a cap with a flag that was partially covered by an eagle and the words "The Price of Freedom is Not Free."
A retired truck driver and a Vietnam veteran, he volunteers with the Disabled American Veterans organization once a month to take veterans to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Jackson.
He said the remembrance of what happened last year and the hope that nothing else happens, brought him to the ceremony.
He believes other terrorist attacks are coming.
Other ceremonies were scheduled throughout the day, mostly at schools and churches, ending with a "See You At The Pole Citywide Rally," at Meridian High School, 2320 32nd St., beginning at 6:30 p.m.