LEWISPORTE & AREA — In remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, a 9/11 ecumenical memorial service is set to take place this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lewisporte Stadium.
On Sept. 11 the memorial service will mark the 10-year anniversary of that fateful day and the events that followed when Lewisporte, Norris Arm and area communities welcomed stranded air passengers and looked after their every need.
“It’s not just about remembering from an American point of view,” said Reverend Calvin Ginn, one of the clergy involved in organizing this event that will involve all denominations. “We will also look at our side.
“When there is a need Newfoundlanders tend to reach out and provide whatever help we can. It’s part of a tradition of who we are as a people and it is the way we will always be.”
The memorial service is an effort of clergy from the Lewisporte area, but clergy members from neighbouring communities have also been invited. Rev. Ginn noted that everyone is welcome to attend the service, especially individuals and groups who provided food and support for stranded passengers in the days following 9/11.
“It is my understanding that a lot of the people who brought along food for the passengers were from outside Lewisporte, so we would certainly welcome them as well,” he said.
The service will likely have a multi-denominational choir and soloist. Special guests will include Lewisporte Mayor Brian Peckford, Lewisporte District MHA Wade Verge and a representative of the American passengers.
The service is expected to last anywhere from an hour to an hour-and-a-half.
The offering will go towards the Beyond Words Tribute to 9/11 scholarship fund. Organizers of this initiative hope to raise a combined $250,000 to assist with the schooling of children of people who were killed or injured on 9/11.