This morning in Pine Bluff, the city's fire stations held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that began with a moment of silence.
Three hundred forty-six (346) firefighters and paramedics were killed during the September 11th attacks. In memory of the fallen, all seven Pine Bluff fire stations held the following ceremony:
- 8:58 a.m. - Moment of Silence with Bells
- 8:59 a.m. - Time of the South Tower Collapse - Sirens sounded for one (1) minute
- 9:00 a.m. - One Minute of Complete Silence, Company Officer reads Firefighter prayer
When I am called to duty, God wherever flames may rage, give me strength to save a life, whatever be its age. Help me to embrace a little child before it's too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert to hear the weakest shout, and quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me, to guard my neighbor and protect his property. And if according to your will I have to lose my life, bless with your protecting hand my loving family from strife.
Meanwhile, this afternoon in Little Rock, the Interfaith Center and the Arkansas House of Prayer will sponsor "Compassion in Action," a one-hour gathering and reception bringing together representatives from many of the world's major religions, including local interfaith leaders and the Multi-Faith Youth Group, to express their commitment to interfaith understanding and harmony.
Representatives from the following faiths and organizations are expected to be in attendance:
Arkansas Interfaith Conference
Datta Yoga Center
Daughters of Abraham
Ecumenical Buddhist Society
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship
The Institute for Interfaith Dialog
The Islamic Center
Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret's
Islamic Center for Human Excellence
Janus Institute for Justice
Jewish Community Representatives
Just Communities of Arkansas
Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
Women's Actions for New Directions (WAND)
People of all religions and faith traditions are invited.
The keynote speaker will be nationally known author and garden designer, P. Allen Smith who will speak briefly on "The Garden as a Place for the Opening of the Heart." Events will include brief prayers representing several faiths, planting of a large maple tree in the House of Prayer garden, and dedication of a new prayer box where the public may place their written prayers. A garden reception will follow.
The Arkansas House of Prayer is an interfaith haven set apart in nature, dedicated to contemplative prayer, meditation and quiet where all are welcome. The mission of the Interfaith Center is to reduce the hatred and fear among the world's religions.