Toronto plans Sept. 11 vigil Wednesday evening

TORONTO – The Gem City will once again remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with a candlelight vigil, set to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday centered around the city gazebo commons and the Veterans Victory Pavilion, at the corner of Third and Market streets.

The vigil, sponsored by American Legion Post 86, will include speeches, songs, the distribution of yellow ribbons and lighting of candles in remembrance of the victims.

David Rhodes, first vice Legion commander, will act as master of ceremonies. The ceremony will begin with a welcome by Rhodes, followed by the invocation by the Rev. John Kapitan, pastor of the Toronto St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church.

The national anthem will be sung by Thomas Graham, Jefferson County commissioner, after which John Parker, city safety director, will welcome those gathered.

“Amazing Grace,” sung by Beth Rupert-Warren, will follow before Parker is the first to speak. “Have You Forgotten” will then be performed by Richie Coburn. The second speaker will be Graham, who will sing “God Bless America” following his speech.

Clarke Crago, chief of operations at the TEMS Joint Ambulance District, will speak, after which Graham will perform “America the Beautiful.” Gray Nagy, a Steubenville firefighter, will be the next to speak, followed by Coburn singing “Where Were You?”

Coburn also will sing “Angels Among Us” as candles are passed out among those gathered. The ceremony will conclude with a salute to the dead by the Toronto American Legion Firing Squad and the playing of taps.

There will be an open house following ceremonies at the Legion, 415 Market St.

For information, call (740) 537-9317.