Pictured are: Terry Ferchow, Legion commander, who played Taps; Michael Yoder, Willard Herschberger, Randy Rafferty, Steve Honn, Arthur fire department; Steve Jurgens and Bill Crane, Legion; Stephanie Poe, Arthur Ambulance; Justin Ray, Arthur Fire Department; and Jeremy Kauffman, Arthur Ambulance. Not pictured but also taking part were Dick Hein, Legion member, who played Echo Taps, Jeff and Lisa Edwards of Edwards Funeral Home, Arcola who provided the casket and hearse, and Mike Goodman, Chief of Police for the Arthur Police Department.
On the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, a day no American living at that time will ever forget, several members of the Arthur American Legion, Arthur Fire and Ambulance and Arthur Police Department took part in a ceremony in front of the Arthur Post Office on Vine Street.
It was a very moving and solemn event bringing back memories of that tragic day in America’s history.
A flag-draped casket was placed on the sidewalk to represent those lost, taps and echo taps were played, the casket was placed in a hearse and a final salute was given.
The hearse then slowly drove away as those gathered stood in silence and respect.
Thank you to those involved in putting this together and a never ending thank you to all who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.