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Proctorville event to mark 911 anniversary

PROCTORVILLE — A village business has joined forces with a veterans’ organization and area law enforcement and rescue units to mark the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the parking lot of the Proctorville branch of Wesbanco. At 11 a.m. the VFW Post 6878 will have a flag raising ceremony followed by a lunch inside the bank to honor all service men and women. The free lunch will be catered by Stewart’s Hot Dogs and is open to the public.

The village will close down Grant Street for a display of the various response teams the county and area have to offer.

Participating will be the U.S. Coast Guard, Rome Township and Proctorville volunteer fire departments, the Proctorville village police, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, SEOEMS and the K-9 unit of the Ironton City Police.

Proctorville resident Robert Fulton will sing the National Anthem and the Fairland High School marching band will perform a variety of selections.

“A lot of our programs are volunteer and when it gets down to it, it is all volunteer,” Devinh Gibson of Wesbanco said. “They don’t get a lot of the thanks yous they deserve. We thought this would be a nice thank you.”