Washington column for Sept. 6

Remembering 9/11

I trust everyone had a nice and safe Labor Day weekend. This will be the last vacation for some of us until Thanksgiving. But that, come to think of it, will be here before we know it.

In just a few days, our country will be observing the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the country’s worst terrorist attack. For some, it seems long ago, for others, like only yesterday.

We will be pausing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to remember the innocent victims and the brave heroes who died attempting to save them. We will never forget the survivors, the children, the devastated families and the grieving friends they left behind. President George W. Bush spoke these words on the three-month anniversary of the attacks in December 2001:

“But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found. . . .”

I’d like to pass on these wise words by Richard Roman:

The sun will come up tomorrow, but not for those who died today.
And there are no magic words to bring them back, that anyone can say.
Life will go on tomorrow, but not the same as yesterday.

Let’s take time out from our busy schedules on Sept. 11 to remember those who lost their lives through this tragedy.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to a special young lady, Joy Virginia Alther, of Washington. She will celebrate her day on Wednesday (Sept. 12). Happy birthday, Joy! Wishes also go out to Pat Giles of Washington, who celebrates her special day on Thursday, Sept. 13. And to twin sisters Shirley Hitt and Hazel Haines. They will celebrate their birthday on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Norman Reunion

According to Steve Norman, the Norman family came together again at the Rappahannock County Park on Sunday, Aug. 26, for their 54th annual reunion: “There was food, fun, music and fellowship on this sunny warm day.

The Norman family came together again at the Rappahannock County Park on Sunday, Aug. 26 for their 54th annual family reunion. By Steve Norman

Of course we had to take the infamous ‘group picture’! As always, the food was awesome! One of the highlights this year was the water balloon toss game. Several got cooled down while playing! Family members showed off their skills in the cornhole tournament. The kids had fun by coloring wooden face masks and using bubble wands. Finally, there were lots of happy door prize winners. It was a special day and was nice to see everyone again. We are already looking forward to next year.”

All You Can Eat Breakfast

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue’s next All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet is 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at their station. Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, fried apples, hash browns, coffee, and orange juice, all prepared by your local fire and rescue personnel. Admission is $9 ($5 ages 4 through 10). All proceeds go to fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Book Barn’s 10-Year Anniversary

The Book Barn, next door to the Rappahannock County Library, will celebrate its 10th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 27. Please stop by from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. to select books from the collection and enjoy refreshments. Be sure to stop in any Saturday soon and check out their great “After Summer” reads!

Trinity’s Scout news

Cub Scout Pack 123 is for boys and girls in 1st through 5th grade. They meet most Tuesdays throughout the school year from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church. Cubmaster is Josh Perrot.

Boy Scout Troop 36 is for boys 11 to 18 years old. They meet on Wednesdays year round from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church. Scoutmaster is Michael Del Grosso.

Venture Crew 36 is for young men and women ages 14 through 21. They meet year round on the first Sunday of the month at Trinity Church and the third Sunday at Washington Baptist Church. Advisors are Juliet Del Grosso and Jan McKinney.

You can join scouting anytime during the year. Call the Trinity office at 540-675-3716 for more information about these three units.

By the way, in last week’s column, the information on Dark Skies was by Torney Van Acker.

Have a wonderful week and stay cool.