The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

September 11, 2013

Area emergency workers honor fallen brethren on Patriot Day

About 40 people gathered Wednesday at the Limestone County Courthouse for a Patriot Day prayer service sponsored by the Athens-Limestone Ministerial Alliance and the Living Water Works Ministries.

On a bright and sweltering afternoon, Athens Police officers and firefighters from the city and county emerged from the deep shade of the courthouse trees to join event organizers on the steps.

The group honored those killed in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, including more than 400 rescue personnel.

Keith Davis of Seven Mile Post Road Church in Coxey said the attacks and other national disasters have spurred many people into charitable action. He said that spirit of giving should be maintained on a day-to-day basis.

“We’ve reached out in so many different ways, and I think we’ve (done) that because pain is a great equalizer,” said Davis. “Let us reach out to our neighbors (every day). Let’s feed the hungry and clothe the naked … let’s show the world who Jesus Christ really is.”

Jason Parnell, the new preacher at New Life Assembly of God in Athens, echoed the call for more compassion by his fellow church leaders.

“We need a revival of consciousness, a revival of spiritual awareness,” Parnell said. “We need to reach out, and not just when emergencies happen.”

Event organizer John Axford said similar ceremonies were held in 1,050 municipalities from Alaska to Hawaii and California to Virginia.

“Our mission is to bring Christ to our country … we need a great spiritual awakening to move through this country,” said Axford.

Tony Grigsby and Robert Helton of the Marine Corps League and the Limestone County Burial Detail presented the colors. Performances included the singing of “God Bless America” by Rebecca Nalley and “God on the Mountain” by Danny Cowan.

Text Only
Local News

A recent national telephone survey found 75 percent of respondents believe the sale and use of pot will eventually be legal nationwide. Do you think marijuana should be legal in Alabama?

No, but I don’t think pot smokers should go to jail
Yes, but only for medical use
Yes, but only for personal adult use
     View Results
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee