Bells, prayer service to honor 10th anniversary of 9/11

— Beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, more than one dozen bells throughout the village of Skaneateles will ring in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The bell ringing will be coordinated by George Batlle and the Skaneateles Fire Department to make the ringing as simultaneous as possible. The bells will ring three times: once for each location attacked: New York, the Pentagon, and the farm field in Pennsylvania where passengers grounded the plane before it could attack another location in Washington, D.C.

The moment will begin at 8:45 a.m., which is the time the first airplane struck the Twin Towers in New York City.

Skaneateles Town Historian Beth Batlle has created commemorative fliers that will be handed out at every church in town for the morning event. The fliers will have a photo of the twin towers on the front and a poem about 9/11 written by Batlle on the back.

That evening, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in Shotwell Park, the Skaneateles Ecumenical Clergy Association will host a 30-minute prayer service in honor of the anniversary.

The service will combine music, prayers and silence in memory of those who lost their lives, in thanksgiving for those who served valiantly, and for the cause of peace in the world, according to the Association.

“This is mostly just a time to gather for prayer and for being together as a community,” said Becky Coerper, Rector of St. James’ Episcopal Church, and a member of the SECA. “This has been a conversation for quite a while as to what we could offer the community [on 9/11]. We think it will obviously be on people’s hearts and minds and we want a way to simply acknowledge that.”

Seven local churches will be involved in the event: First Presbyterian, Grace Chapel, Holy Trinity Lutheran, St. Andrews United Methodist, St. James’ Episcopal, St. Mary’s of the Lake Roman Catholic and Skaneateles United Methodist.

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