The Town of Payson and the Payson Patriotic Events Committee will be observing Patriot Day on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in remembrance of those who perished when the World Trade Center and those Americans who answered the call to assist in the horrific fallout of that event.
All citizens are encouraged to remember those brave souls on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the various places of worship in town and offer a prayer for them and for ourselves, said Bill Sahno, chairman of the event.
The group is encouraging citizens to fly the flag on Tuesday, in observance of 9/11. Citizens are also encouraged to take time to stop by the Veterans Memorial in Payson's Green Valley Park to reflect, remember and rededicate themselves to the principles and values which define our national identity.
"We believe that this message and the actions suggested represent a simple, but eloquent tribute to the occasion we refer to as "Patriot Day" ... a day of Remembrance, Reflection and Rededication," Sahno said.
American Legion will pay tribute on the morning of Sept. 11
On the morning of Sept. 11, a short ceremony will be held at the American Legion, commencing at 9 a.m. with the lowering of the flag, a prayer and the playing of "Taps" will take place, marking the approximate times the four attacks took place.
On the evening of Sept. 11 at 6 p.m., a Watchfire will commence and will continue to burn for 12 hours, terminating at 6 a.m. the morning of Sept.12.
Honor sticks will be made available to all who wish to honor the victims of the tragic terrorist attacks.
The honor sticks will be placed on the fire by those wishing to pay tribute by offering an appropriate prayer or by merely honoring the memory of our police, firefighters and veterans who have given their lives in the name of freedom.
The American Legion is located at 709 E. Highway 260 in Payson.