With candles, they pause to remember Sept. 11, 2001, with readings, prayer

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Katie Gaddy, left, helps rekindle the flame on Billie Weathers' candle as Weathers reads a poem honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack during the candlelight ceremony Monday, Sept. 11, sponsored by the VFW Post 2646 Ladies Auxiliary.

The lyrics to Alan Jackson's wistful song, "Where Were You (When the World stopped turning)?" were read to the U.S. House of Representatives by Mac Collins (R-Ga.) on Nov. 16, 2001.

And Monday, Sept. 11, they set the tone for a solemn ceremony of remembrance sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Marshall Post 2646.

As the song played over the public address system, those in attendance formed a candelight procession around the flag pole in front of VFW hall in Marshall, the American and MIA/POW flags hanging at half-staff.

Wanda Money, president of the VFW ladies auxiliary, reads a memorial to 9/11 victims to start the candlelight ceremony. Attached to the table in front of her is a poster showing the World Trade Center towers before, during and after the terrorist attack.

Prior to the procession, Wanda Money, president of the ladies auxiliary, read a memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

She was followed by Mindy Wolfe, who read a prayer that was printed recently in a St. Peter Catholic Church bulletin, including the lines,

"We have painfully learned

that our country is vulnerable ...

We pray for peace

for our country and our world ... ."

Then Billie Weathers read a poem, author unknown, in which Abraham Lincoln welcomes the victims of 9/11 to heaven. The poem concludes:

"... so many lives

Are suffering now because of this wrong

But look very closely. You're not really gone.

All of those people, even those who've never met you

All of their lives, they'll never forget you

Don't you see what has happened?

Don't you see what you've done?

You've brought them together, together as one."

In 20 minutes the ceremony was over. And Jim Money, post commander, ended it as simply as it had begun, saying, "Always remember this day."

Contact Eric Crump at

marshallfaith@socket.net

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