NEWS RELEASE

 

September 2, 2011

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531

 

Meridian to Commemorate 9-11 with Patriot Day Ceremony

Ceremony will include the Dedication of an Antique Fire Bell

 

Meridian, ID – (September 2, 2011) – The City of Meridian’s Fire and Police Departments invite the public to attend a Patriot Day ceremony on Sunday, September 11 at Meridian Fire Station #1, located at 540 E. Franklin Road.  The 29-minute outdoor ceremony will run from 7:30—7:59 a.m., commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that resulted in the destruction of New York’s World Trade Center, damage to the Pentagon, and the loss of nearly 3,000 American lives.

 

The event will include a color guard presentation, a performance by the Meridian Pipes and Drums, an invocation by Meridian Fire Department Chaplain Verlyn Nelson, addresses by Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey and Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer, and a special proclamation to be read by Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

 

Chief Niemeyer explains, “The 9-11 attacks are of particular importance to firefighters and police officers across the country. As public safety professionals we’re all part of an important brotherhood. As a result of 9-11, the lives of more than 400 emergency responders were lost in one day. It is because of this brotherhood that police and fire personnel across the country are holding memorial ceremonies for 9-11.”

 

An early 1900’s Meridian fire bell will also be unveiled and dedicated as part of this ceremony. It will be rung at the conclusion of a moment of silence at 7:59 a.m., marking the exact time the south tower of the World Trade Center fell back in 2001. The antique bell, which is 35-inches in diameter and weighs 600 pounds, once hung in the tower of Meridian’s main water tank. Now restored, it will be permanently displayed in front of Fire Station #1.

 

Meridian residents are also being asked to join the nation in observing a one-minute moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. (MDT) on Sunday, September 11th. The request is the result of a congressional resolution (S.Res. 228) which recounts the events of 9/11 and recognizes September 11, 2011, as "a day of solemn commemoration" of those events.

 

Mayor De Weerd says, “I hope Meridian residents will observe this moment of silence and use it as an opportunity for meaningful remembrance and reflection, not just for what we lost on 9-11, but for the renewed strength and solidarity our nation has since developed in response to this adversity.”

 

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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridiancity.org.