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Ceremony Sunday to remember events of Sept. 11

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Special ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday outside the Bullitt County Courthouse and then a procession will go to the Shepherdsville First Street Park for other events

By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was too important not to do something.

And without anyone else volunteering, Paulita Keith Miller decided that she would be the person who would organize a ceremony to remember the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

The Bullitt County Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, in downtown Shepherdsville.

The special day begins at 2 p.m. at a stage to be located on Third Street between the Bullitt County Courthouse and First Baptist Church.

The public is encouraged to be part of the ceremony. She hopes Buckman Street is lined with people.

Miller will present a short welcome and Josiah Qualls and Robert Kendricks will present opening prayers. Army specialist Kristin Cloyd will present the National Anthem.

Ret. Sgt. Maj. Jose Rosario will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Keynote speakers will be Doreen Burnett and her daughter, Crystal Jani, a pair of New York residents at the time. Burnett has recently moved to Bullitt County but her daughter is still a resident of New York.

Bullitt County Dispatch staff will present the last call and ringing of the bell.

The U.S. Army Command will present a 21-gun salute from Fort Knox.

And Justin Greenwell, a member of Shepherdsville Boy Scout Troop 685, will play taps.

At the conclusion of the ceremonies at the stage, the first responders will be in a silent procession from Publishers Printing to the city park. Participants will include the U.S. Army Color Guard, North Bullitt JROTC cadets, firefighters from Shepherdsville, Zoneton, Lebanon Junction, Nichols, Shepherdsville and Mount Washington, police from Shepherdsville, Lebanon Junction, Hillview, Pioneer Village and Mount Washington, the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, and Bullitt County EMS.

While the opening ceremony would remember those who were victims of the attack, the activities in the park would provide people with an opportunity to meet some of the heroes who serve the community every day.

Miller said there would be a lot of free activities at the city park.

All the heroes from the first responders will be at the park to talk with the public.

Kids can play in the Dalmatian Bounce House, courtesy of Zoneton Fire Department.

For those 17 and older, the Army Recruiting climbing wall will be available to challenge those in attendance.

The Bullitt/Spencer County Red Cross Chapter will have some emergency equipment on-hand, provided they aren’t providing relief to one of the many weather disasters.

The U.S. Army will have a static equipment display present.

And the FOP will have its food booth open.

Local singer Amber Renee Sewell will be performing patriotic songs throughout the afternoon.

“We wanted to make it a family event,” said Miller. “Now all we need is some nice weather.”

The Shepherdsville City Park is located on First Street along the Salt River off Buckman Street.