ST. GEORGE – Join with others at Staheli Family Farm on Sept. 11 for the “September 11th Tribute & Patriotic Marathon,” as Alan L. Foote sings “God Bless the USA” 911 times.
Yes, that’s right, Foote will be singing “God Bless the USA” a total of 911 times at the Staheli Family Farm, located at 3400 Washington Fields Road in Washington.
It will all begin on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 6:46 a.m. and will finish Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:46 a.m. – the same time the plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center in 2001.
What would possess someone to sing a song that many times? Foote shared his motives in an email:
“When I heard that ‘God Bless the USA’ was being removed from a special (school) program back East several months ago, because … the principal (said she) didn’t want to offend other cultures, I was disturbed to say the least. At that time I determined that I would sing that particular song 911 times to pay respect for the song, the tragedy of 9/11, and to honor God, country and patriotism.
“… this isn’t about me singing a song 911 times,” he said, “I am just one voice endeavoring to attract the voice of the masses, for I believe that this good nation will fall only as good people do nothing.”
Foote will sing in a tent surrounded with military colors. Military artifacts and memorabilia will also be on display.
Various veterans and military-related organizations will also be on hand for the event.
“… To a man, the Southern Utah Veterans Coalition, Patriot Guard Riders, ROTC and other national organizations, concerned with honoring and remembering all who have sacrificed in any way, are on board big time,” Foote said.
The Patriot Guard Riders with be on hand to offer security if needed, and maintain a round-the-clock vigil as Foote sings. Anyone interested in joining the Riders in this endeavor is welcome to volunteer (information is provided following the body of this article).
Other attractions at the Sept. 11 Tribute will include a solar light garden that will feature 3,497 units, each unit being a representation of a life lost in the terrorist attack eleven years ago. A flag arena on site will display flags representing fallen soldiers. Free photos with historic figures like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will be available.
A full schedule of these activities and others can be found on the Sept. 11 Tribute webpage.
Call for volunteers
The Patriot Guard Riders of Southern Utah have been invited to participate in the Sept. 11 tribute to take place at Staheli Farm and will maintain a round-the-clock vigil at the farm to insure security and serenity for this event. The Riders will erect a canopy complete with lighting, table and chairs, and provide for motorcycle and automobile parking next to the canopy. Restrooms, electricity and refreshments will be available and easily accessible.
While the Patriot Guard, or anyone standing vigil with the PGR, is not expected to act in the capacity of a security guard, it is asked that cell-phones be available if needed to contact authorities in the case of emergencies. The PGR is there only to maintain a secure presence and to show respect and honor for the Sept. 11 tribute.
Volunteers are requested for the round-the-clock vigil. People by can sign up for two-hour watches at the PGR canopy on the farm. A motorcycle is not required for the event. Everyone is invited to stand vigil with the Riders.
People are also asked to give some thought to what times they could join us for this 24-hour vigil from Sunday morning, Sept. 9 through Tuesday morning, Sept. 11. There will be additional info coming on this as well as sign-up sheets to pick their most convenient times.
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