Service club event will be held on Sept. 8 at OTs. Weekend will culminate with special program at TUHS

The tenth anniversary of one of the darkest days in American History is coming up.
The Taft Kiwanis Club is planning a special event to mark the date and that will mark the beginning of several observances in Taft culminating in a special event on Sunday evening at Taft Union High School.
“Kiwanis International traditionally sets aside May as the month for prayer breakfasts,” stated Taft Kiwanis President Greg Mudge. “However, because this is the tenth anniversary of the 911 tragedy, we decided to have our annual breakfast in September.”
So the annual Taft Kiwanis Club Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at OT Cookhouse. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. and the program will start at 7 a.m.
This breakfast will signal the beginning of a community-wide observance of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the loss of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
On Saturday, September 10, downtown businesses will display American flags on Center Street during their Sidewalk Sale.
There also will be a commemorative display of our community’s first responders.  The day will close with a car cruise on Center Street, originating at the Fifth Street Plaza.
“We are excited about how the community is coming together to remember those that lost their lives in the 911 tragedy, as well as those who risked their lives rescuing and giving aid in the aftermath,” said Kathy Orrin, Taft Chamber of Commerce Director and  a Kiwanian.
The weekend of activities will end on Sunday, September 11, at 7:00 p.m., in the Taft High School Auditorium, with a program presented by the Westside Christian Ministers Association. The Taft All-Star Band will be on hand to lend a patriotic flavor to the proceedings which will include a SKYPE with local insurance agent Ed Herrera, who will have a front-row seat at the events at Ground Zero in New York City, on September 11.
“Start your weekend at the Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, and end it with the Remembrance Program at the high school on Sunday evening,” suggested Orrin.  “It will renew your faith in our great country.”
Prayer Breakfast tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Cooper’s True Value, the Chamber of Commerce, or from any Kiwanian.  The program Sunday evening at the high school is free.