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First Responders to be focus of Patriot Day Ceremony

The public is invited to attend O’Fallon’s annual Patriot Day ceremony, which begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the city’s 9-11 First Responders Memorial.

The monument is located on the east side of O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre at 100 North Main St. It was created with steel salvaged from the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The event is dedicated to first responders, including the police, firefighters and paramedics who stepped forward to rescue victims of the attacks in 2001, as well the families of the fallen. The ceremony includes a moment of silence, a rifle salute and the placing of the wreath by the Police, Fire and Ambulance District Honor Guard. At the end of the ceremony, the public will have an opportunity to place flowers at the memorial.

O’Fallon also will be hosting the Patriot Blood Drive in the Municipal Centre from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be scheduled through the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood.

Additional events included in O’Fallon’s National Days of Service and Remembrance include:

  • A Remembrance Walk, 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, starting from 100 North Main St. Flags will be distributed to the first 200 registered walkers. Register at www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer. Day-of registrations are also accepted.
  • Citizens United in Service, 9:30-11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11; complete projects at multiple O’Fallon locations that express appreciation for local first responders and military troops. Pre-registration is required as projects fill quickly. Register at www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.
  • The Support Our Troops Supply Drive continues through Sunday, Sept. 11, for donations of supplies requested by deployed troops. Donations are accepted at sites throughout O’Fallon, St. Charles County and St. Louis County.

For additional details regarding National Days of Service and Remembrance, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer, or contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5417 or volunteer@ofallon.mo.us.

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