Manila Scouts hold Sept. 11 memorial service

Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Ricky McCallie, senior Scout, and Mayor Melvin Browning light a unity candle during a 9-11 Memorial Service, "Scouts Don't Forget." (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The Herman Davis Monument in Manila was a fitting setting for a memorial service held by the Boy Scouts on Sept. 11. The flags were flying at half-mast in honor of the victims of the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

To honor and remember, "Scouts Do Not Forget," was the theme as the Boy Scouts led the ceremony.

"Our nation was founded on freedom and faith," Rev. Craig Russell, Manila Methodist Minister, said.

Rev. Russell offered the invocation.

Scout leader Regina Dupwe welcomed guests, and read a letter that her husband had written right after the 9-11 attack.

She recognized the police officers, firemen and emergency personnel present.

She introduced the guest speaker, Manila Mayor Melvin Browning.

"Today, we and all of America, will pause and pay special tribute to the many innocent thousands who lost their lives in the 911 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the flight in Pennsylvania. We, in Manila, are here to pay tribute not only to those people but to honor and show our respect and thanks to our own.

"So often, we fail to give praise or a simple thank you to those men and women in our own hometown. The next time you see a police officer, fireman or ambulance person, tell them how much you appreciate them for the job they do," Browning said.

Browning told the group to let this day be a day of remembrance - a day of hope for all of America.

Ricky McCallie, senior Scout, and Mayor Browning joined in lighting a single candle from two candles.

Dupwe pointed out that the flag used for the occasion is worn and would soon be retired but the Scouts chose to use it for the ceremony because it was placed outside of her home on Sept. 11, 2001 where it has flown every day and night since.

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