firemen invite the public to aday of remembrance and celebration
Wanda English Burnett
The tragic loss of thousands of lives on September 11, 2001, touched
the lives of every American. But, it impacted a community of firefighters,
EMS workers, and police officers even more when their brothers
and sisters lost their lives trying to save those who were dying
in the towering infernos of the twin towers in New York City.
We watched our fellow brothers and sisters die, noted
Osgood fireman Kyle Negangard, as he talked about the true impact
the events had on emergency personnel across the country. He talked
about the brotherhood and sisterhood firemen have.
This Sunday will mark ten years since the tragic events unfolded
that had everyone glued to their television sets. Then we did
not know the true mark the events would leave on our world or
what would unfold thereafter.
September 11 is the day set for the Osgood Volunteer Firemens
annual pork chop dinner, which is always held the second Sunday
of the month of September, according to Negangard. We didnt
change the day of our dinner, but decided to pay our respects
and memorialize those who lost their lives that day ten years
ago, he told the Osgood Journal.
This Sunday the Ripley County Fairgrounds Park in Osgood will
be alive with patriotism with plans to have a day of fun and remembrance,
according to Negangard. He agreed that Americans are resilient
and can have fun and remember at the same time.
The day will begin at 11 a.m. with the famous pork chop dinner
served by the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department. Slide shows and
videos will be playing throughout the dinner as a reminder and
remembrance of the events of 9/11. We want those who were
too young to know why our world is the way it is now. We want
them to know, Negangard noted.
The family fun event will be packed with things for the kids to
do. A mini train will be running, along with various inflatables
for the children to enjoy.
The focal point of the day will be the memorial service that will
take place at the grandstands around 12:30 p.m. The Indiana State
Police Honor Guard will present colors with the Osgood American
Legion providing a 21-gun salute. Mark Morton of Rising Sun will
be playing the bagpipes and the Jac-Cen-Del High School Band will
play the Star Spangled Banner and Taps. The Osgood firemen will
also participate in the memorial service along with local soldiers.
All military are invited to take part in the ceremony.
Special guest speaker, retired Indianapolis firefighter and now
Representative Randy Frye will be speaking at the event. I
knew him first as a firefighter, Negangard told the Osgood
A fire, police and EMS truck show will take place, along with
live bands including Alex Elher and Jessica Strassell. A truck
pull correctly titled Freedom Pull 2011 will take place at the
fairgrounds, sponsored by the fire department and the F.A.R.M.
Club. The Freedom Pull will take place directly after the memorial
service at the grandstands.
The popular local band 650north will be performing after the Freedom
Pull with the event culminating with patriotic fireworks around
8:45 p.m. According to Negangard, the fireworks display will be
similar to the ones sponsored by the Gilmore and Golda Reynolds
Foundation on the July 4 weekend in Osgood. They will be
very patriotic and something to see, he noted.
The events of 9/11 have changed our world and now we see and feel
more military presence than before. Soldiers from Muscatatuck
Urban Training Center (MUTC) will be at the event to interact
with the public throughout the day. They will also bring vehicles
The day is set aside to memorialize those who have lost their
lives and to never forget what happened. The event is designed
for the whole community to come together as they did on that terrible
day ten years ago to remember, pray and celebrate the importance
This will be a day like no other - one you wont want to