By SHELLEY TERRY - email@example.com
On Wednesday, hundreds of residents will gather for a silent walk in memory of those taken too soon on 9/11, as well as the emergency responders who serve our country.
To commemorate the 12th Anniversary of 9/11 and Patriots Day, Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory, in conjunction with Veterans and Family Memorial Care Providers nationwide, is sponsoring a Remember 9/11 Freedom Walk.
The entire community is invited to participate in the one-mile walk which will begin and end at Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Road, the area’s exclusive VFMC Provider.
The opening ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday with a welcome by J. P. Ducro IV.
“I am hoping for 100 to 150 people,” Ducro said Friday. “Last year, we had a great crowd.”
The Rev. Raymond Thomas of Our Lady of Peace Parish will give the invocation. Calling and posting of Colors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 943.
The Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem and a recap of the events of 9/11 will be given by the Rev. Robert Leonard, pastor of the Hungarian Evangelical Reformed Church and the Hartsgrove Community Church.
A poem, “Spirit of America: 9/11,” by Sue Curtis Ducro will be read by Sue Curtis Ducro.
Everyone in attendance will sing “God Bless America,” before the Retiring of Colors.
Then, all will gather for the Freedom Walk from the Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home to east on Route 20, right on West 43rd Street, left on Park Avenue to Lake Avenue, right on Lake Avenue to Main Avenue, on to the Ashtabula Fire Department.
A representative from the fire department will provide a prayer and brief words regarding the department’s memorial piece from the World Trade Center.
The walk will continue on to West 44th Street, left on West 44th Street and stop at the Justice Center for prayer and words from a member of the Ashtabula Police Department.
The walk will continue right on Collins Boulevard, right on West 45th Street, right on Main Avenue and stop at Veterans Park for prayer and military honors by American Legion Dewey-Howlett Post No. 103 and VFW Post No. 943.
Walkers will then turn left on 44th Street, right on Park Avenue, left into First Presbyterian Church’s driveway and back to the funeral home’s reception room for refreshments after a blessing by the Rev. Shane Nanney, pastor of East Side Presbyterian Church.
Members of the city’s police and fire department will lead the walk carrying the Honor Flag that has all the names of those who died in 9/11 on it.
The Rev. Steve Sargent of Hiawatha Church, the Rev. Chris Bell, pastor of First United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Doug Wright, pastor of First Baptist Church, will assist with the prayers at the various stops on the walk.
Bagpiper Gary Quine will provide a tribute as walkers pass Veterans Park. Those wishing to observe the walk should gather at the east side of LCpl Kevin M. Cornelius Memorial Park between 5:30 - 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The first 100 walkers will get a free T-shirt courtesy of Ducro Services to show their solidarity during the walk. Everyone in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive a free coverlet honoring their preferred branch of military, fire department, or police department.