GFWC sponsors 2nd annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony



Boy Scout Troop 122 salutes the flag during the National Anthem. Photo by Lania Rocha

Boy Scout Troop 122 salutes the flag during the National Anthem. Photo by Lania Rocha

SWARTZ CREEK — They gathered to honor the fallen, to remember the sacrifices, and to share, once again, in the sense of unity that followed the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The GFWC Swartz Creek Women’s Club sponsored the 2nd annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday at the Veterans Memorial in Swartz Creek.

Participants included Boy Scout Troop 122; American Legion Post 294 Commander John Kayanek; Dennis Cramer, U.S. Navy, retired; Swartz Creek Area Fire Department Lt. Walt Melen; Metro Police Authority Lt. Todd Johnson; Pastor Dan Bowman, United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek; the VFW/ AMVETS Honor Guard, who presented a gun salute; and Terry Baker, who performed “Taps.”

“Our world changed forever more,” said Kayanek. “Shock and heartbreak were felt throughout the country. We were all there for each other. America strong. We will never forget 9-11.”

Cramer read the roster of the 13 servicemen and servicewomen killed Aug. 13 in Kabul, and said America will never forget the bravery of the thousands who have died in operations “to fight for liberty and freedom from fear and terror” since Sept. 11.

Flags at the Swartz Creek Veterans Memorial fly at half staff in honor of those who died protecting freedom.

Flags at the Swartz Creek Veterans Memorial fly at half staff in honor of those who died protecting freedom.

In closing remarks, Bowman said, “Together, we endured the heartbreak of a new reality. One of the few remaining layers of innocence was abolished.”

He urged the crowd to appreciate the preciousness of life, the people who serve our communities, our families, friends and neighbors.

Terry Baker performs “Taps” to close the 2nd annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. Photos by Lania Rocha

Terry Baker performs “Taps” to close the 2nd annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. Photos by Lania Rocha