Gloucester service planned to honor 9/11 victims

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 24, 2011 - 05:19 PM

A group of local churches has banded together to hold a special ceremony remembering the victims on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The churches, backed by the Together for Christ ministry alliance, will host a community-wide, interdenominational service on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. on Gloucester Court Green.

Event spokesperson Seth Craig said a major part of the service will be lighting approximately 3,000 luminaries to represent those who lost their lives in the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., and in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa.

Gloucester sheriff Steve Gentry is expected to give a welcome and different groups from various local churches will participate with songs and messages, Craig said. For example, the Men’s Ensemble from First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, will be one of the groups participating in the musical part of the program.

"It’s going to be more of a memorial service than a recognition service," Craig added. Although, he said those in the service, including those who serve through fire and rescue, will be asked to stand.