City plans to hold observance Friday
By Steve Huffman
The city of Salisbury will hold a memorial service Friday to honor those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The event will be held at 8:45 a.m. at the Salisbury-Rowan Firefighters’ Memorial, located adjacent to Chestnut Hill Cemetery at 1400 S. Main St. The public is invited.
According to Chief Bob Parnell of the Salisbury Fire Department, the event is intended to pay homage to fire, police, rescue and other rescue personnel who died in the terrorist attacks.
At 8:55 a.m., honor guards from the Salisbury Police Department and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office will present colors. The Rowan County Fire and Rescue Honor Guard will raise the American flag. David Thornburg will play the bagpipe and the Advancement of Wreath will be performed Rowan County Emergency Services workers.
Officers with the sheriff’s office will offer a prayer and opening remarks. Speaking will be Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz and Carl Ford, chairman of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.
A recognition ceremony will honor local fire and rescue personnel who died during the past year.
The service is part of Patriot Day, so designated by Congress to honor those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A portion of South Main Street will be blocked between 8:20 and 9:30 a.m.