A 9/11 Memorial Day Service was held in front of Fire Station 81 in downtown Lake Stevens on Saturday morning. Fire sirens were sounded at all three stations prior to the service starting at 10:00 AM, along with the tolling of the church bell at the local First Baptist Church. The ceremony was to remember those that died on September 11, 2001, and to remember their families and friends that were left behind.
Fire Marshal Bob Marshall and Police Chief Randy Celori spoke to the crowd. Firefighter Nick Harris explained the meaning of the 5-5-5-5 signal, then rang the fire bell to signal the loss of that day. Post Commander Tom Thorleifson acted as MC for the event and tied together the events and locations in New York City, The Pentagon, and the field near Shanksville, PA. "Taps" was played by Post 181 bugler Ron McEntire to honor the military who died at the Pentagon and to honor those military who have died while serving their country since then.
A booth was set up for people to watch a short video of 9/11 made by the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, WA. People were then encouraged to sign each of four memory books. One book will be sent to the Pentagon Memorial, one will be sent to the firefighters in New York City, one will be sent to the Flight 93 Memorial, and one will be kept at the Lake Stevens Museum. The booth was "manned" until 6:00 PM by Legionnaires, Auxiliary members, and other citizens as people stopped by throughout the day to sign their name and write a comment.
Photo: Invocation by Ken Olsen