Patriot Day program announced for Sept. 11

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A program to honor police and firefighters on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, is scheduled on the afternoon of Patriot Day, Sunday, Sept. 11, in Rock Creek Park.

The 2-4 p.m. program is being coordinated by members of the Tea Party of Marshall County, according to Sherry Ferguson, a founding member of the group that's attracted two speakers from the county's GOP.

Marshall County Republican Party Chairman Billy Spivey is one of two speakers, according to Lewisburg's former police and fire Chief Wayne Coomes, a former Marine who says his topic will be the importance of a strong national defense.

"We've overlooked our defense for two decades," Coomes said last week when asked about what his message will be on Sept. 11.

Defense spending may be 20 percent of the federal budget but it's only five percent of the gross domestic product, a more reasonable yardstick for spending, he said.

"We hear people talk about bloated defense spending, but I don't think five percent of GDP is bloated," Coomes said.

The East Commerce Baptist Church Choir will sing during the program, as will Kim Jewel. She will sing "God Bless the USA." The Marshall County High School Band will play "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the program.