Quincy University hosting service to honor 9/11 victims
By Brayden Nuessen
Quincy University will host an interfaith service to remember 9/11 in the QU Chapel Monday at 6 p.m.
The service will honor all victims in the 9/11 tragedy including military and first responders.
“It is a nice opportunity to recognize and remember those who died in the attacks of September 11th as well as to remember and honor law enforcement, firefighters, military, and all the people who serve and protect us,” Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Harry Cramer said.
Harry Cramer who is a former Quincy deputy police chief is part of the committee along with Beth Young, lecturer in English, and Fr. Tom Donovan.
Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore will start the service and welcomes anyone from the public to attend.
“We are pleased to have him on board with us,” Cramer said.
There will be a procession of flags and wreaths after Moore’s introduction followed by readings in different religions.
“We have representatives of the Muslim faith, Jewish faith, as well as Christian, Protestant, and Catholic faith,” Cramer said.
The speakers will include Fr. John Doctor, Rev. Orville Jones, Dr. Zakiah Ali, Dr. Wendy Beller, and Fr. Tom Donovan.
Dr. Ann Behrens and Ann Soltys will play the hymns throughout the service.
Over ten community groups will be participating in the event including first responders, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corp. League, and Catholic War Veterans.
“We want to honor, not only law enforcement and fire, but the services as well,” Cramer said. “We will also be recognizing non-government agencies, and we will also be recognizing emergency medical services as well.”
The service will conclude with police and fire “last calls” before playing Amazing Grace and Taps.
Cleve Barkley and Beth Young will perform these pieces on the bagpipes and bugle, respectively.