NEWBERRY — Newberry Church of God held a special service Sept. 11 to honor the community’s military personnel, police department, fire department, first responders and volunteers.
The service opened with prayer and a welcome from the Rev. Michael Davis followed by a congregational classic hymn, “Amazing Grace.” Next a video titled “I Miss You, Daddy” captivated the audience with emotion.
Mayor Foster Senn also spoke, reminding the audience about the details of Sept. 11, 2001, and the sacrifices of first responders at the Twin Towers. Senn quoted Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City feeling the shock and dismay of the past attack on national ground.
Church member Lynda Wise composed a touching poem for the occasion, titled “Scars of Yesterday.” It mesmerized all with reminders of the personal emotions of Americans during uncertain times of Sept. 11, 2001. After the reading, there was not a dry eye to be seen. The poem painted a picture of the day and the hurt and confusion involved.
A video titled “I was there” was chilling to hear and see. It gave the feeling of the brave people who sacrificed their lives without a selfish thought to save the lives of the victims in and around the Twin Towers.
Newberry Chief of Police Jackie Swindler compared Sept. 11 to Pearl Harbor, saying this is the nation’s modern day of infamy. He encouraged all to continue to remember the day and reminded everyone to continue to be patriotic at all times.
Youth Pastor Richard Hamilton recited some famous quotes and reminded all to remember local, state and national leaders in prayer.
Newberry County School Superintendent Bennie Bennett captivated all with his pride and love for all students saying, “We have good kids.” He emphasized the importance of community team work to encourage and motivate the community’s children.
He said citizens and parents must provide opportunities and positive pathways to help youth succeed. He shared plans of actions in place within the school system concerning terrorist attacks which included resource officers on site and bomb threat drills.
The lights were lowered for the final video, “Touch the Nation.” Davis led the congregation in “God Bless America” and closed in prayer.
Before the 7 p.m. service, the church served dinner to the community’s first responders. After the service, refreshments were served.
Newberry Church of God is located at 2693 College St. Services are 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays.