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One month from Monday will mark the 13 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on this nation, and folks with Cry Out America are working to honor our first responders to show we haven't forgotten.
The group is hosting its 5th annual Patriot Day on Sunday, September 7th. Unlike previous years when the event has been held at the courthouse, this year's gathering will take place at American Pride on McIntire Avenue. Coordinator Amy Moore said the location isn't the only change planned for this year.
"This year we're going to be doing a few things differently," Moore said. "Our program is based around honoring those first responders from the first 9/11 13 years ago, but this year, we're going to honor our local law enforcement, firefighters, and EMTs. We're going to have them here, and we're going to introduce them. They're going to have their squad cars here, we're going to have the big fire truck here, so it's going to be real exciting."
The event will also feature Christian entertainment, a barbershop ensemble, soloists, as well as many speakers. While honoring first responders is the main reason for the gathering, Moore also hopes to bring people together in prayer.
"We're here to pray for the nation. If there was ever a time for prayer, we need it now, so we're here to pray for the nation, for all of our families here in Zanesville and Muskingum County."
The program will begin at 1:45 p.m. on September 7th. Moore said they typically draw a crowd of around 200 but hope to have even greater numbers for this year.