Payson To Remember Sept. 11 At Commemorative Event


"We Remember," the Sept. 11 commemorative event organized by Payson's American Legion Post 69, will begin Wednesday morning when every Payson patrol car and fire engine will sound their sirens at 5:45, 6:03, 6:43 and 7:00 to commemorate the crashes of the four hijacked jetliners.

At noon, a procession of the town's law enforcement and emergency vehicles will travel from Payson's Town Hall, down the Beeline Highway, and west on Main Street to Green Valley Park.

At 1 p.m. in Green Valley Park, a crane will raise the American flag as the national anthem is being played.

Master of ceremonies Randy Roberson will introduce Payson Mayor Ken Murphy, Payson Fire Chief John Ross, Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner, Police Chaplain Kevin Gay, and Commander Joe Tunno of American Legion Post 69.

Following their remarks will be the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 209 Cadets of Payson Color Guard, and performances by the Payson High School Band and Honor Choir, the Payson Choral Society, Payson Regional Middle School's JuBELLations bell choir, bagpipe musician Eric Landau, and bugler Gil Gifford.

All attendees will receive a miniature American flag and a poppy with a black ribbon inscribed "Sept. 11, 2002," and all children will receive a free soft drink.

From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a public prayer vigil will be held in Green Valley Park. Mayor Ken Murphy, local firefighters, law enforcement, military and clergy will participate.

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