American Legion Post 433 Cmdr. Jim Kelly has a ready answer for why we need to recognize Patriot Day.
“It’s important,” he said – a time to remember, reflect and give thanks to all those who serve in uniform.
To that end Post 433, located in Midland, is hosting a free Patriot Day Breakfast on Sept. 11 for veterans, law enforcement officers, firefighters, first responders, EMT personnel and patriotic citizens who recognize the importance of the day.
The local American Legion post started hosting the annual breakfast on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack, Kelly said. The phrase, “lest we forget,” comes to mind, he explained, about the need they felt to observe the date. He believes that we will surely have to repeat history if we don’t remember it.
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Breakfast begins 7 a.m. and will continue until the food runs out.
A brief ceremony will follow at 8:46 a.m., the time that American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Cabarrus County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct honors and a three-volley rifle salute, followed by “Taps.”
Speakers will include Nelson Lee, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 909 in Concord, and recently retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Bobby Cox. Other dignitaries planning to attend the breakfast include Midland Mayor Kathy Kitts and American Legion District Cmdr. Jack Ward.
Kitts echoes Kelly’s call to remember. Events like this breakfast recognize “the wonderful people in our community and the hard work they do,” she said, adding it’s important all first responders know how much we appreciate them. Attending the breakfast is a way to say thanks from the Midland community.
Kelly has extended the invitation to breakfast far beyond Midland. He’s sent personal invitations to civic leaders, law enforcement officers and firefighters from Cabarrus, Stanly and Mecklenburg counties. And, of course, this event is not just for folks in uniform, it’s for anyone who recognizes the importance of coming together to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Kelly says that his remarks at the ceremony will focus on our preparedness as individuals and a nation. There are “lots of scenarios,” he says, both natural and man-made events, for which we should take a page from the Boy Scouts and “Be Prepared.”
Ask Jim Kelly what the role of the American Legion is and the words “outreach” and “support” are mentioned a lot: supporting veterans, reaching out to Boy Scouts and providing a place for veterans of all ages, from World War II to the war on terror, to work and be together.
The Patriot Day Breakfast, “dedicated to those who serve in uniform,” simply extends that support to all of us. And it gives us a way to reflect, remember and give thanks. That really is important.
Marcia Morris is a freelance writer: EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com
Want to go?
A free Patriot Day Breakfast will be held 7 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Black Phillips American Legion Post 433, 12975 Cabarrus Station Road in Midland and will continue until the food runs out. A brief ceremony will follow at 8:46 a.m., the time that American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. For information, email Jim Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.