Sept. 11 commemorative service program planned in Chambersburg

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The September 11th Commemorative Service planned for the dedication of the World Trade Center Artifacts recently received from the World Trade Center site, Ground Zero, in New York, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 in the Memorial Square. The Chambersburg Area Senior High School  Band will play patriotic music beginning at 4:45 p.m.

A large crowd is expected to attend.

The ceremony will include messages from local elected officials; remarks from Colonel (Retired) Rod Ettig, a first responder from Fort Hamilton in New York who assisted in the World Trade Center rescue efforts after the attack and collapse on Sept. 11, 2001; remarks from Douglas Warnock, a retired Pentagon official who was in the Pentagon when the attack there occurred; and musical selections.

Nearly one ton of World Trade Center artifact steel materials will be unveiled and available for viewing. The artist's rendering of the permanent memorial will be unveiled as well.

 “September 11, 2001 was a day that changed the history of our country. The sculpture planned will be a permanent historic memorial to view, visit and reflect upon for generations to come. It will be a symbol of memory and of hope for our grandchildren,” said Warren Elliott, committee member and master of ceremonies for the event.  

The square will be closed to traffic beginning at 4:30 p.m. The program will begin at 5 p.m. The public is encouraged to arrive early, park in public parking areas and walk to the downtown Memorial Square area. In the event of threatening weather, the ceremony will be held in the CASHS auditorium.