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Rochester Gathers to 'Never Forget the Heroism' at Praise in the Park

St. John Lutheran Church dedicated this year's event to the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

Hundreds of people came together on Sunday at for , an annual worship event hosted by . 

Many in attendance wore patriotic attire and sang along with a variety of worship tunes to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell spoke to the crowd about the hundreds of firefighters, police officers and response service staff members who sacrificed their lives 10 years ago.

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett read the poem "Met in the Stairwell" by Stacey Randall, a poem that tells about the events of 9/11 from the perspective of God.

Servicemen and servicewomen past and present were honored at the event as attendees were reminded of what was lost that day. 

"Let us never forget the heroism," said David Bates, Chairman of St. John Church & School Foundation. 

The worship service was followed by a car show, bike parade and games.

Roger Guetzkow August 28, 2011 at 11:50 PM
This is an extremely well written article covering all of the important aspects of this annual patriotic community event. The Praise in the Park commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 was well done and Oakland County's first observance of this historical event.
Marilyn Miller September 04, 2011 at 12:22 PM
After an upload of over 1-1/2 hours, my video apparently is not complete on this site. I apologize. The Mayor did a terrific job of presenting the poem, and it is disappointing that it was not uploaded in its entirety! ~ This event was meaningful; the weather was beautiful! Come again next yea! Marilyn Miller, St. John Lutheran Church <><
Marilyn Miller September 08, 2011 at 02:09 AM
In replaying the video tonight, September 7th, I discovered that the video HAS uploaded successfully! Problem solved. :)

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