“Never Forget” is a powerful phrase that is commonly preached every year on September 11th. With so many individuals affected by the painful tragedies inflicted upon the country after September 11th, 2001, the Menifee Valley community has displayed great commemoration for America’s heroes. On the 10 year anniversary of September 11th, Eagle Ridge Church held a 9/11 Remembrance Service to honor the lives of the nation’s heroes.
At 6:00 pm, 200 locals united to attend the 9/11 Remembrance Service to show appreciation and support for all who have represented the country and those who still represent the country today. After Pastor Steve Lennertz of Eagle Ridge Church greeted the crowd with much gratefulness, an aura of patriotism filled the room to the brim. City of Menifee Council Member, Tom Fuhrman then proceeded with the Pledge of Allegiance as everyone boldly stood behind the nation’s flag. After all were seated, Soloist Angel Zarobinski astounded the audience with an acoustic performance of songs God Bless America and Amazing Grace.
|Tom Fuhrman distributes a plaque to Menifee's Fire and Police Departments|
Eagle Ridge Church then displayed a special Presentation of “The Cross and the Towers” on a large media screen. The documentary portrayed an influential theme described as “hope in the midst of sorrow”. After the movie came to an end, the audience exhibited inspiration and gratitude, while Tom Fuhrman introduced the Menifee Police and Fire Departments. A plaque honoring the departments was distributed while the audience clapped before them.
To conclude the memorable event, Angel Zarobinski took the stage one last time for a moving performance of “God Bless the USA”. As Angel began to sing the chorus of the song, the mass of the entire room proudly stood up to join Angel in singing the remainder of the song.
|Angel Zarobinski performing "God Bless the USA"|
United, the Menifee community stands patriotically behind the United State of America. Through events such as Eagle Ridge Church’s 9/11 Remembrance Service, the City of Menifee has established great participation in loyalty to the nation and local heroes. Although it has been 10 years since September 11th, 2001, The City of Menifee will “never forget.”
"And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA."
- Lee Greenwood