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By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski's Ministerial Association organized the l0 n Anniversary of 9/11 Remembrance Day - Pastor Chris Decker- Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church; Pastor Rachel Stockle - Mt. Pulaski First United Methodist Church; Pastor David Hofer- St. John's Lutheran Church; Rev. Jeffrey Laible - St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church; and Pastor Mark Weber- Mt. Pulaski First Christian Church. Posting of Colors by Mt. Pulaski American Legion. Times Photo Mt. Pulaski Boy Scouts participated in posting of colors. Times Photo Sept. 17, 2011 Community Choir and Band under direction of Claus Tanner and... Zion Lutheran Church School Students provided patriotic songs. Service featured a litany You could not miss Mt. Pulas- ki's day of honoring the memory of those lost in the 9/11 Attack on America. The gathering, in the tent on the south side of square was so large, that attend- ees spilled out onto the street. This tenth anniversary ended a decade that started with the 9/11 Attack on America. It produced a war in Afghanistan and Iraq. It saw young people from this area join branches of the military services in a show of national pride and patriotism. The decade produced changes in national security and everyday life. Per- haps of greatest and symbolic importance it saw the death  at the hands of Americans - of the Mt. Pulaski Times of honors, remembrance, mastermind of the attack. Our pastors praised the volun- teerism of our local Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs, the ser- vice of local" law enforcement, and the service of our young men and women that have served - and are serving- in the military. The community was reminded to not only remember, but to also thank all that are currently serv- ing this community and this nation. Our pastors repeatedly spoke of the message sent by the gath- ering of local residents on this Tenth Anniversary. A message that America came together on and after 9/11 and continues to stand together today. iii!i!ii!!i!ii!i!!!i!! :: .... ii!i!i!i!iiiiiiii!il and prayers for the future Pastor David Hofer told of his son who was attending semi- nary on 9/11 just a mile from ground zero. When news of the attack reached the seminary, the seminarians found their way to the New York Armory to help serve as counselors for the first responders that day. Pastor Hofer's son, along with other seminary students, volunteered for the next 250 days to do what they could for those personally affected by the events of 9/11. Pastor Hofer said that a feel- ing of national community has helped the nation both to remem- ber and move tbrward. To Page 16 " lS