Night of remembrance and hope for 9/11 held in park

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

To honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and the first responders of Marshall County, an ice cream social was held in Rock Creek Park last Thursday, and a temporary Wall of Remembrance, funded by donations, was put up.

To begin the night, Reverend Mark Irvin, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, gave the invocation.

Next, the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem were presented by Clair Smith.

Former police and fire chief, and ex-Marine Wayne Coomes recognized Marshall County dignitaries -- Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, who was not able to attend; Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham; Marshall County Sheriff Billy Lamb; Lewisburg Police Chief, Chuck Forbis; Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams; Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Callahan; Berlin Fire Department Chief Ray Luna; Emergency Medical Services Director Bill Reuter; South Marshall Fire Department's Phil Dyer; President of the Marshall County Fire Chiefs' Association Ricky Cozart; American Legion Commander Paul Recker; Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander of District 5, Hundley Ford; Moms on a Mission's Barbara Blackmore; Chapel Hill Fire Department Chief Matt Stout; Farmington-Rich Creek Fire Department's Adam Orr; Cornersville Fire Department's Chris Boatright; Chapel Hill Police Department Chief Chris Cook; World War II veteran Edwin Scot; Tennessee National Guard Sgt. Bivins; and State Rep. Billy Spivey.

A special standing ovation was given to World War II, Vietnam, and Korea veteran Col. Richard Knie.

"Remembering is both sad and joyful. It's sad because we lost so many loved ones and the potential for good they offered. On the other hand, it's joyful because we witnessed, with pride, the courage and dedicated performance of duty from so many under the most difficult of circumstances. So we hold this ceremony for God, our country, and the fallen heroes," said Coomes.

The proclamations prepared by Liggett honoring the service men and woman of the county were presented by his Administrative Assistant Ariel Borne.

Maj. Amy Irvin presented a heartfelt speech, and read her, "Still I Serve" poem.

"We tend to focus on the Twin Towers on this September day, but there were three attacks to our country, Twin Towers, Pentagon, and the heroic air crash in Pennsylvania. There have been many radical Muslim terrorist attacks, both planned and conducted, some on military bases here in America, the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012, and many other locations. America is the ultimate target for our Muslim enemies, and we must always be vigilante. Tonight we have the flag at half mast in sadness, but we will raise it to the top at 7 o'clock in hope," said Coomes.

A 21 gun salute was conducted by the Lewisburg Police Department Color Guard.

Spivey thanked everyone for attending and gave a thanks to his mother for her hard work in promoting the event.

The night was ended with music by Steven Cochran Project and Will Champlin.

Singer, songwriter, outdoorsman, and Marine Sniper Daniel Dean also performed as guests arrived. Dean was enlisted in the marines from 2003-2007 and did three tours in Iraq. He then went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a bachelor's degree in geography.

"The Marine Corps taught me to not be afraid of anything. I put that in my everyday life with music and the outdoors," said Dean.Night of remembrance and hope for 9/11 held in park

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

To honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and the first responders of Marshall County, an ice cream social was held in Rock Creek Park last Thursday, and a temporary Wall of Remembrance, funded by donations, was put up.

To begin the night, Reverend Mark Irvin, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, gave the invocation.

Next, the Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem were presented by Clair Smith.

Former police and fire chief, and ex-Marine Wayne Coomes recognized Marshall County dignitaries -- Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, who was not able to attend; Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham; Marshall County Sheriff Billy Lamb; Lewisburg Police Chief, Chuck Forbis; Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams; Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Callahan; Berlin Fire Department Chief Ray Luna; Emergency Medical Services Director Bill Reuter; South Marshall Fire Department's Phil Dyer; President of the Marshall County Fire Chiefs' Association Ricky Cozart; American Legion Commander Paul Recker; Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander of District 5, Hundley Ford; Moms on a Mission's Barbara Blackmore; Chapel Hill Fire Department Chief Matt Stout; Farmington-Rich Creek Fire Department's Adam Orr; Cornersville Fire Department's Chris Boatright; Chapel Hill Police Department Chief Chris Cook; World War II veteran Edwin Scot; Tennessee National Guard Sgt. Bivins; and State Rep. Billy Spivey.

A special standing ovation was given to World War II, Vietnam, and Korea veteran Col. Richard Knie.

"Remembering is both sad and joyful. It's sad because we lost so many loved ones and the potential for good they offered. On the other hand, it's joyful because we witnessed, with pride, the courage and dedicated performance of duty from so many under the most difficult of circumstances. So we hold this ceremony for God, our country, and the fallen heroes," said Coomes.

The proclamations prepared by Liggett honoring the service men and woman of the county were presented by his Administrative Assistant Ariel Borne.

Maj. Amy Irvin presented a heartfelt speech, and read her, "Still I Serve" poem.

"We tend to focus on the Twin Towers on this September day, but there were three attacks to our country, Twin Towers, Pentagon, and the heroic air crash in Pennsylvania. There have been many radical Muslim terrorist attacks, both planned and conducted, some on military bases here in America, the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012, and many other locations. America is the ultimate target for our Muslim enemies, and we must always be vigilante. Tonight we have the flag at half mast in sadness, but we will raise it to the top at 7 o'clock in hope," said Coomes.

A 21 gun salute was conducted by the Lewisburg Police Department Color Guard.

Spivey thanked everyone for attending and gave a thanks to his mother for her hard work in promoting the event.

The night was ended with music by Steven Cochran Project and Will Champlin.

Singer, songwriter, outdoorsman, and Marine Sniper Daniel Dean also performed as guests arrived. Dean was enlisted in the marines from 2003-2007 and did three tours in Iraq. He then went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a bachelor's degree in geography.

"The Marine Corps taught me to not be afraid of anything. I put that in my everyday life with music and the outdoors," said Dean.