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O’Fallon to honor patriots, fallen heroes with local 9/11 events

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

Constructed from steel salvaged from New York City’s World Trade Center, the building destroyed from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the monument resides in the parking lot on the east side of O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre, located at 100 North Main Street.

The event is dedicated to first responders, the police, firefighters and paramedics who responded to the attacks in 2001, as well as to the victims and their families. The ceremony includes remarks by O’Fallon’s Mayor, Bill Hennessy, O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler and other special guests. There will be 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’s 9-11 First Responders Memorial [City of O’Fallon photo]

To coincide with the ceremony, O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services is also offering multiple volunteer opportunities.

The Patriot Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre. The drive honors those who risked their lives to save victims of the attacks. Walk-ins are welcome, and appointments can be scheduled at ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.

The Remembrance Walk will be held from 8:45-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. The walk begins outside City Hall at the 9-11 First Responders Memorial. To register, visit ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.

A Citizens United in Service program will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Individuals are invited to help sort and box supplies that donated to the Support Our Troops Supply Drive, create “thank you” cards for deployed troops and write notes of appreciation to local first responders. Preregistration is required at ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.

The Support Our Troops Supply Drive goes through Friday, Sept. 7. A list of most-requested items is posted at ofallon.mo.us/supply-drive. All drive donations can be dropped off at O’Fallon City Hall, the Renaud Spirit Center, located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, Kokomo Joe’s Entertainment & Escape Rooms, located off 4105 N. Cloverleaf Drive in St. Peters, Wilson Center, located at 1058 Rondale Court in Dardenne Prairie, and West Community Credit Union, located at 4161 Hwy. K in O’Fallon.

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