• 27°

Churches organize citywide 9/11 service

By Hugh Fisher
hfisher@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — Sunday’s “Ceremony of Remembrance” at Catawba College’s Omwake-Dearborn Chapel honored those who died on 9/11 with music and prayers for peace.
The mournful wail of a bagpipe echoed through the arches of the chapel, while a color guard of Salisbury Police Explorers slowly marched in.
The Rev. Jim Dunkin, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, asked the company to honor “all who gave their lives in sacrifice, trying to save others,”
Local churches combined their efforts to put on the service at Catawba.
Dunkin said that the presence of God was bringing healing in the wake of the attacks.
“As I entered the chapel this afternoon, my eyes went to the cross high above,” he told the crowd.
Choir members from seven Rowan County churches joined a combined handbell choir to accompany the ceremony’s prayers and reflections
Under the direction of conductor Rick L. Smith, pianist Robert N. Halquist performed “The Testament of Freedom,” a cantata written in honor of Thomas Jefferson with lyrics taken from his writing.
Among the quotations: “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy but cannot disjoin them.”
After, all assembled outside on the lawn where piper Dave McKenzie played “Amazing Grace.”
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Dept. honor guard fired three rifle volleys. The sound of the shots echoed across the green under a clear blue sky reminiscent of that terrifying morning a decade before.
Police Chief Rory Collins said that it was unfortunate that it took an event like 9/11 to unite Americans.
“But I’m pleased that we could take the time out of our day to remember,” Collins said.
Lt. Neal Goodman of the Sheriff’s Dept. honor guard said he knew that everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on 9/11 as the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania.
“It’s something that we’ll always remember, the feelings of sadness, disbelief and anger,” Goodman said.
“I think, for most of us, those same three emotions hold true today.”
Goodman said he was proud to be part of the ceremony.
Dunkin said that despite the sadness, Sunday was a day to unify the community. “To remind us of the great country that we love in where we have a freedom to gather.”
“If you don’t feel hope after being here this evening, then your ears were closed.”
For music director Rick Smith, who worked since the spring to plan the event, the ceremony was a day to remind Americans of their country’s nature.
“An understanding of who America is and why we are the country we are, why we believe in plurality, why we accept all cultures.”
“I hope they also take away a sense of peace, that we will fey all violence, and sooner or later, somehow, we will be a country of peace.”
Contact Hugh Fisher via the editor’s desk at 794-797-4244.
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

Comments closed.

China Grove

Growing greens: Main Street Marketplace hopes hydroponic garden will help organization grow

Education

State Board of Education delays decisions on Faith Academy, East Spencer charter school

Local

Financial update shows city ‘faring OK’; council allocates first donations from Share 2 Care program

Education

Education briefs: Smart Start Rowan to host drive thru Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration

Education

Salisbury High School will debut its production of “The Nutcracker” virtually

Local

NC Dolls, Toys and Miniatures Museum gets recognition in Our State magazine

China Grove

Santa Claus to visit China Grove on firetruck on two separate weekends

Education

RCCC awarded $1.3 million federal grant

Crime

Family mourns, asks community to turn on porch lights for anniversary of A’yanna Allen’s death

Christmas Happiness

Couple give to Christmas Happiness to honor siblings

China Grove

China Grove Town Council names representatives to Metropolitan Planning Organization

Crime

Police: Salisbury woman charged after officers witness drug transaction

Coronavirus

County reports 69 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Crime

Salisbury woman charged in fatal hit-and-run accident

Local

Charity provides vests for K-9s

Local

Rowan’s Sen. Ford ‘honored’ to be chosen as joint caucus leader

Local

City council approves six road repaving projects, encourages input on development priorities

Business

State names Rowan among most economically distressed counties

High School

High school volleyball: South Rowan wins another CCC match

Education

Catawba College’s Service of Lessons and Carols moves virtual

Local

Spencer’s Park Plaza financing gets OK from state’s Local Government Commission

Education

Kannapolis City Schools to hold public hearing on construction equity policy

Local

Drivers identified in I-85 double vehicle crash, fire

Local

Driver cited in two-vehicle Mooresville Road collision