Special memorial ceremony to be held Sunday
On Sunday, Barry County community members are invited to gather at the downtown square in Cassville for a special memorial that will be held in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001.
The Sept. 11 Memorial and Rally Around the Flag Pole event will be held on the south side of the Barry County Courthouse at 8 a.m.
Southwest Area Career Center JROTC members Mitchell Cooper, Kendal Cooper, Anthony Benavidez and Nicholas James will begin the memorial service with the presentation of the colors. They will be led by instructor Lt. Col. Maella Lohman.
Cassville High School choir members, directed by Mary Richmiller, will sing the "Star Spangled Banner," and then community members will be invited to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mark Pry, American Legion Post #118 vice commander, will give the opening prayer, and CW4 Kirk Little, of the United States Army, will offer a timeline of Sept. 11, 2001. Little's presentation will include information on how many lives were lost during the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.
After a performance of "God Bless America" by the CHS choir, guest speaker Teresa Stark will give a special address. Stark is the mother of Christopher Stark, a Monett soldier who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
At the close of the event, Steve Arnold will sing "God Bless the USA," and Southwest Area Career Center JROTC members David Schofield and Levi Boxley will perform "Taps."
All area community members are encouraged to attend the event. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.