The Bucks County Commissioners are planning to commemorate the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001 with a solemn but hope-filled ceremony in the courtyard of the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown.
The event will take place at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, near the flagpole in the courtyard. The Commissioners will remember the victims and the heroes of Sept. 11, and pledge the county's support for the service men and women, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel who continue to battle terrorism today. The Regional Vicar for Bucks County, Rev. James D. Beisel, will deliver an invocation. The American flag will be lowered to half-mast for a moment of silence, then raised again as the crowd is invited to sing "God Bless America."
The Commissioners are preparing a proclamation for the day that encourages all Bucks County residents to drive with their headlights on during daylight hours, and to wear patriotic attire or accessories. Keeping your car's headlights lit on September 11 also ties in with a movement called "Light the World." Donna Thomas of Will Travel, Langhorne, who is one of the movement's organizers, says, "As September 11 approaches, we are each trying to find ways to honor those people who were lost. Over 200 countries lost precious lives that day. A small token of honor for those individuals is being taken in the U.S. by asking everyone to turn their car lights on during daylight hours. Why should we limit this just to the United States? Please ask friends in other countries to turn their car lights on, and ask your friends, both here and around the world, to do the same."
Community organizations, municipalities, faith communities and others who will commemorate Sept. 11 are invited to send information to be posted on the Bucks County government Web site as a clearinghouse for events of the day. Groups can e-mail their information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Commissioners' office at 215-348-6415. The Bucks County government Web site address is www.buckscounty.org.
"It's important to remember the tragedy but also the heroism and the new American resolve that was born following Sept. 11," said Bucks County Commissioner Chairman Michael G. Fitzpatrick, Esq. "We wanted to remember in a way that will focus attention throughout the county on the commemoration, but also to encourage local communities to make commemorations of the events accessible to everyone in Bucks County."