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Hudson - The public is invited to attend an observance of the 15th Anniversary of September 11 to take place at the Gazebo on the Hudson Village Green on Sept. 11 beginning at 10:45 am. Sponsored by The Community of Saint John and in collaboration with other local faith communities, the hour-long ceremony will include time for interfaith prayers, readings, personal reflection and music from area ensembles.
"Everybody can recall where they were on that eventful morning in 2001,"said Brian Suntken, pastor of The Community of Saint John. "Out of the dust of that tragedy, the loss of life, the hatred and the strife which has followed, we must as a community, and as a nation, work for change, for peace, for reconciliation. If not, those three thousand people who lost their lives that day will have died in vain.
"Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the greater community to gather and reflect together on the ways which make for peace," he said. "How can you and I be agents for change? Who is my neighbor? What does it mean to live in peace? How can we beat 'swords into plowshares'? What are the bonds of our common humanity? These are just some of the themes that will be expressed at the observance."
Those who wish to attend the event are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Programs and song sheets will be provided. In the event of rain, the observance will be at the Barlow Community Center on Oviatt Street.
For more information, visit the COSJ website at www.communityofsaintjohn.org.