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LETTER: Even without Blue Mass service, important to recognize and thank first responders

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, was like any other late summer, New York City day: sunny and bright.

But, it wasn’t like any other day.

At exactly 8:46 a.m., we were attacked.

American Airlines Flight 11was flown into the 95th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center.

After the dust had settled from four separate plane crashes, there were more than 2,900 people dead.

One year later, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, The Knights of Columbus endorsed by Saint Joseph Catholic Church held its first annual Blue Mass. The church service was held with the intent to honor all the Clark County and Winchester first responders and to remember all who gave their lives in service to their country.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, would have been our 19th annual Blue Mass. COVID-19 has stopped that from happening.

On behalf of The Knights of Columnist, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Saint Agatha Academy, Father Frank Brawner and all of our parishioners, thank you to our first responders.

The services you provide for all of Clark County are appreciated, and we know that it is never said enough.

Next year, Sept. 11 is a Saturday, and our hope and prayer is that it will be our 20th annual Blue Mass.

It will be held at 10 a.m., and we will again have the chance to thank you for your service and for all you do for our community.

For now, may God bless you and keep you safe in the upcoming year.

Jim Barlow,

past grand knight

Knights of Columbus Council 2459

Winchester