Toronto to hold 9/11 vigil

TORONTO — The city’s annual memorial to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attack, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Third and Market streets, where the city gazebo and World War I memorial are located.

“For all time the term 9/11 will invoke a special meaning, a memory, a moment in our history when the world changed and terrorism became a part of our lives,” city officials said.

The Sept. 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others.

Susan Kulstad, a resident of the city and mother of an Iraqi war veteran helps to organize the program each year. She said it is an emotional time for all involved.

“We cannot ever, ever, ever forget,” she said. “My son served in Iraq. I can’t see it not happening. I am always end up crying.”

The schedule will include an invocation by the Rev. Eric Frey of the Nazarene church; the singing of the national anthem by Tammy Spicer; a welcome giving by Mayor John Parker; singing by Commissioner Thomas Graham, among other vocalists scheduled; the lighting of candles; and salute to the dead by the American Legion Post 86 honor guard.

The candles for the event were donated by the Toronto Volunteer Fire Department, and the event is sponsored by Post 86.