Moberly commemorates 9/11, honors community first responders

Sep 12, 2013

Moberly residents and public safety workers commemorated 9/11 in the community's annual Patriots' Day Dinner, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
Credit Maureen Lewis-Stump / KBIA

The Moberly community came together for a dinner honoring victims of the September 11th, 2011 terrorist attacks, as well as the community's first responders.

About 100 community leaders and residents attended Wednesday night's annual Patriots’ Day dinner,  hosted each year by the Randolph County Federated Republican Women’s organization.

Clay Joiner is superintendent of Randolph and Monroe County ambulances. He says he believes that “events like this are always bittersweet. We remember those who have been lost, those who gave up their lives trying to save people but then it’s a good memory too, to see the people around you that you have worked with and served with over the years.”

The event consisted of an opening ceremony, which included a synopsis of the September 11th, 2001 events, a singing of the star-spangled banner and the pledge of allegiance, and a buffet style dinner prepared by the Randolph County Federated Republican Women. After the dinner, videos were shown depicting the tragedies of that September day 12 years ago. The event closed with all participants of the dinner standing and lighting candles for those who had lost their lives that day.

Although it was a day of remembrance, it was also a day for those in the Moberly Community to recognize those first responders who serve the area. Harold Muehe is fire chief of Northeast R-4 Rule Fire Association. “It’s an honor to serve the community," he said, "to give something back to them.”

The Randolph County Federated Republican Women members said they will continue to host the event each year for those who died on 9/11, as well as for those who serve the community every day.