Arcanum News: Patriot Day 2017 Anniversary of 9-11


Sixteen years ago today the world was shocked and grief stricken to the events that occurred in our nation. Patriot Day 2017, also referred to as 9/11 or September 11, is a holiday observed annually on September 11. It is a day dedicated to remembering and paying tribute to the 2,977 people killed and numerous people who were injured during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the United States. This holiday should not be confused with Patriots’ Day: the anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution and the holiday celebrated in Massachusetts, Maine, and other states.

Patriot Day 2017 is recognized by United States law as the official day of remembrance for these tragic events, and has been observed every year since the attacks. Although the attacks took place within the United Stated, the shock and grief experienced in response to the attacks was shared throughout the world, and for this reason Patriot Day 2017 will be observed, not only in America, but across the world.

Traditionally, Patriot Day 2017 is viewed as a time of honor and remembrance. Annually, on this day, American flags are flown at half-staff. The President of the United States asks fellow Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane collision into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Even though Patriot Day 2017 is not a federal holiday, some people and organizations may take some time out to hold prayers for the victims of the attacks, but these do not usually affect public life for more than a few minutes.

Gretchen (Graeff) Hawk, Arcanum High School 1974 graduate is the Executive Director at WACO Air Museum & Aviation Learning Center in Miami County, Ohio. In 1929, WACO was the largest commercial builder of aircraft in the world and was located in Troy, Ohio. WACO designed and built 1,000 CG4A Gliders for World War II. Today, WACO planes are still loved for their lightweight construction and aerobatic design. The WACO Museum serves to commemorate the WACO Company, employees, and pilots. The museum is involved in STEM education as well as aviation education and history for all ages. The 20th annual WACO Vintage Fly-In at Historic WACO Airfield and Museum is September 15 – 17. WACO Air Museum & Aviation Learning Center is located at 1865 S County Road 25A Troy, Ohio. For more information check out their website: An article on Home Grown features information about Gretchen and her career leading the museum on

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee invites you to help them “Kick Off” their first fundraiser for the 2018 Scholarship Fund. On Friday, October 13 they will offer a Marinated Pork Chop Dinner including applesauce, a bag of chips, and a dinner roll for $7.50 at the Arcanum Field House prior to the football game. This will be available for pick up/curbside or dine-in. All proceeds will go to the Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Fund. You can help by purchasing a dinner ticket – they will be available at the home football games, home high school volleyball games and at Sutton’s on Friday evenings and Saturdays until the end of September.

On Sunday, September 17, Castine Church of the Brethren invites you to join them for a special Worship Night from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be guest musicians and artists and also a silent auction to support and raise funds for the ACE Missions trip to Jamaica. Castine COB is located at 624 State Route 127, Arcanum, Ohio.

The Lentz and Flatter Families invite you to join them for a Wine Tasting Event at A.R. Winery on Thursday, September 21 at 7 p.m. as a benefit for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is the second year for this event; tickets are $20 or 2 for $35 for a fun evening that includes wine tasting and complimentary food samples, a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. Tickets are available at A.R. Winery and also by calling Dorothy Lentz at 937-548-8090. A.R. Winery is located at 3564 Gordon-Landis Road, Arcanum, Ohio.

This Thursday is the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society’s event at 7 p.m. by Arcanum High School Agriculture Program Instructor, Brian Pohlman sharing about the return of the FFA program at AHS. AWTHS has invited the instructor Brian Pohlman to share students’ accomplishments of the first year and tell of program goals for the future. Some of the students have also been invited to come also to share their experience.

Save the Date! Fire Prevention Day at the Arcanum Firehouse will be Saturday, October 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcanum News

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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