The City of O'Fallon will observe Patriot Day with a ceremony at the city's 9-11 Memorial and also with a day of service this coming Saturday, September 7.
Friday's National Day of Service and Remembrance, which is sponsored by O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Department, has three components:
- Citizens United in Service will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. at various locations around O’Fallon. Sign up to help with projects that honor and support local first responders and overseas military troops. Pre-registration is required. Volunteers should register at www.ofallon.mo.us for project that include cleaning the monuments and green space at Veterans Memorial Walk, collecting litter along Veterans Memorial Parkway, sorting and boxing donated items for shipment to U.S. troops deployed overseas, and writing and decorating “thank you” cards for military members and their families.
- The Patriot Blood Drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Walk-ins are welcome.
- O’Fallon Municipal Centre is one of the primary collection sites for the Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which continues through Saturday, September 7. Drop off personal care items, batteries, and small packages of snacks, or donate to the Stamp of Support campaign, payable to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, to cover $13.45 per box of supplies for deployed troops.
On Wednesday, September 11, “A Tribute to First Responders,” will be observed at 8:30 a.m. at the 9-11 Memorial outside the O’Fallon Police Department.
The memorial was created from steel salvaged from the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The ceremony includes the Police, Fire and Ambulance District Honor Guard, the sounding of sirens followed by a moment of silence, and an opportunity for participants to place flowers at the memorial. Welcoming remarks will be delivered by O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy, and O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler will speak on behalf of the O’Fallon Police Department, O’Fallon Fire Protection District and the St. Charles County Ambulance District.