MOUNT WASHINGTON - The second annual Bullitt County Day of Remembrance will be held this Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Mount Washington parking lot on Old Bardstown Road.
Event organizer Scott Miller said the purpose of the event is to pay tribute to the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice on 9-11, but also to honor the first responders who devote their lives to protecting and serving their communities and their country.
“It’s important to remember those we’ve lost, but also those among us,” Miller said.
As someone who has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years, Miller said it’s important Americans never forget the tragic events of 9-11, nor the heroes who lifted America up in one of its darkest hours.
“It’s a day we should always remember,” he said.
Miller said the day of remembrance is for all Bullitt Countians, as was the first day of remembrance held in Shepherdsville last year, which is one of the reasons why Mount Washington was chosen the site of this year’s event.
“I don’t want people to think this is a Shepherdsville thing,” he said. “It’s a chance for all Bullitt Countians to get together and remember the heroes of 9-11.”
Miller said the event will likely move to another Bullitt County city next year, adding that an estimated 2,500-3,000 people turned out for the first day of remembrance and he’s hoping for an even greater turnout this year.
The 2012 Bullitt County Day of Remembrance will kick off on Sunday with a welcome speech from co-master of ceremonies and local radio personality Bobby Jack Murphy.
Following the emcee’s remarks, the Fort Knox Color Guard will be on hand for the posting of colors, there will be an opening prayer, singing of the national anthem and pledge of allegiance before the ringing of the bell.
Zoneton Fire assistant chief Kevin Moulton will give a brief history of the ringing of the bell and its significance.
After the opening ceremony there will be a silent procession.
The procession of local police, fire and EMS personnel will start at the former Houchen’s parking lot on Highway 44. From there the procession will travel east on 44 before turning onto Old Bardstown Road.
Once the procession has concluded, Bullitt County Dispatch will sound a last call, there will be a 21 gun salute and Justin Greenwell of Shepherdsville Boy Scout Troop 685 will play taps.
Thanks to Mercer Transportation, folks will have the opportunity to view a piece of the World Trade Center on display at the First Baptist Church of Mount Washington parking lot, where there will also be an inflatable bounce house and safety house for kids.
The Fraternal Order of Police will have a food booth set up and U.S. Army static equipment will be on display.
Emergency responders from throughout the county will also have special displays in the parking lot.
The day of events begins at 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome.