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Blue Mass to honor first responders Wednesday in Shannon

SHANNON – A Blue Mass observance to recognize law enforcement, firefighters, emergency service personnel, and emergency medical teams will be Wednesday in Shannon.

Knights of Columbus St. Wendelin Council Number 12841 will organize the program, which is open to the public. A large American flag will be hung from two ladder fire trucks over state Route 72 (Main Street) at 10 a.m.

A processional will start at 6:30 p.m. from the Shannon fire station, 14 S. Hickory St., to St. Wendelin Catholic Church, 18 S. Linn St., An open church service will be at 7 p.m. at the church.

The Rev. Michael Bolger, pastor of St. Wendelin and council chaplain, will celebrate the Mass, with fourth-degree Knights of Columbus serving as an honor guard.

A replica of the Cross at Ground Zero will be displayed at the church before the Mass, and possibly elsewhere in Shannon earlier in the day. The original cross is a steel cross beam that resembled a Christian cross, discovered days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attack and which now is at the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Mark Justin from McHenry, who helped identify victims of the 9-11 attacks, will bring a 4-foot by 24-foot 9-11 memorial wall for display.

After the service, light refreshments will be provided.

Call Bill Spoerlein at 815-541-9420 for more information.

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