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Community Weekend Events To Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary

Escalon Fire Department, Police Department and Escalon Community Ambulance will be joining in a remembrance ceremony next week.

The fire department is coordinating its annual 9-11 Community Moment of Silence and Prayer, remembering those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Because of Sept. 11 falling on a Sunday this year, the fire department will host the special event on Friday, Sept. 9 outside the firehouse at 1749 Coley Ave., Escalon, with a start time of 9:11 a.m.

All in the community are invited to attend the ceremony, which includes brief remarks from guest speakers, a prayer and a bell ringing ceremony in honor and memory of the victims on the ground and in the air lost that day, at New York City’s Twin Towers, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed, short of its intended target.

In addition to the Friday service at the firehouse, two special events are planned on Sunday, Sept. 11. These two will be a celebration, including the naming of the Escalon Community Ambulance building on Ullrey Avenue the Pitassi/Van Houten Station House in recognition of the contributions to health care in the community by ECA Chief Mike Pitassi and Senior Paramedic Tina Van Houten. The naming of the ECA station will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and include a pancake breakfast served up at the station by the Escalon Rotary Club, starting at 8 a.m.

The breakfast is free to all Escalon Community Ambulance members.

Also due that day is a new recognition program for first responders, being offered up at the city’s Main Street Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., a time to gather and thank the local emergency services personnel for the work they do in keeping the community safe.

A lunch of hot dogs, chips, cookie, and soda will be provided at the park, courtesy of members of Saron Lutheran Church.

The Sept. 11 events are open to all and are expected include special proclamations from the City of Escalon as well.