Seacoast Set To Remember "nine one one"

In Hampton ....

By Nancy Rineman

Atlantic News, Thursday, September 5, 2002

[The following article is courtesy of the Atlantic News]
A UNITED EFFORT -- The decorating of the American Legion Hall on High Street in Hampton got underway early Sunday morning in preparation for Wednesday's 24-hour vigil honoring the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Don Knowles of Knowles Tree Service in North Hampton had "bucket duty" with assistance from Jay Berry of North Hampton. Post 35 Commander Ralph Fatello and son, Max, along with Past Commander Joe Kutt of North Hampton and Legion members Brian Chevalier and John Emery.
[Atlantic News Photo by Nancy Rineman]

HAMPTON — A 24-hour vigil will be held in Hampton on September 11 to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the horrific events of one year ago.

A TIME OF REMEMBRANCE -- Members of the Hampton community (including Austin Gaboury and Gary Kimball, pictured here with candles and flags) gathered at the gazebo in Marelli Square last Wednesday (9/11/02) for an evening vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the events which occurred on September 11, 2001. The vigil was the finale of a full day of town observances which included the public reading of all the names of those who died (or missing) in the 9-11 terror attacks and of those who have lost their lives in the war against terrorism (since 9/11/01). [Atlantic News Photo by Liz Premo]

Ralph Fatello, Commander of American Legion Post #35 in Hampton, said the vigil will begin at 8:46 a.m., Wednesday, September 11, at the Gazebo at Marelli Square in downtown Hampton.

Uniformed members of Post 35 at "parade rest," as well as Hampton Police and the Hampton Fire Department, will read the more than 3000 names of all those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center, Flight 93, [ and the Pentagon. Fatello said that local veterans will also be reading the names of the 16 servicemen who have been killed in Afghanistan, to acknowledge their part in protecting America.

Local clergy will be speaking as well, said Fatello. A candle light vigil, with candles being provided by the Hampton Parks and Recreation Department, will occur as darkness approaches on Wednesday evening. The vigil will carry on through Thursday morning at 8:46 a.m.

The Post 35 Legion Hall on High Street in Hampton will be open the entire 24 hours for those who need rest, refreshments or other accommodations, Fatello said. The hall will be decorated with flags and bunting which will remain in place until Veterans' Day, November 11th.

Questions may be directed to Fatello (926-4668), Joe Kutt at Joe's Meat Shoppe in North Hampton (964-6152), or the Hampton town Office (926-6766).

A SIGN OF THE TIME -- Joe Kutt of American Legion Post No.
35 leans out the window of the Legion Hall in Hampton Sunday
morning to hold the banner being raised by Don Knowles of
North Hampton. [Atlantic News Photo by Nancy Rineman]