The event at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Monday morning included attendees  Bill Lang, James Oswald, and Herman Gerke of the Knights of Columbus. Mayor Julie Thacher attended along with other city and state officials. They included Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton); Cooper County commissioners Ernie Walther,  Paul Davis and Eddie Brickner,  Sheriff Jerry Wolfe and  Fire Chief Tim Carmichael.


The Knights of Columbus held their annual Sept. 11 prayer service one day after the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.

The event at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School Monday morning included attendees  Bill Lang, James Oswald, and Herman Gerke of the Knights of Columbus. Mayor Julie Thacher attended along with other city and state officials. They included Sen. Bill Stouffer (R-Napton); Cooper County commissioners Ernie Walther,  Paul Davis and Eddie Brickner,  Sheriff Jerry Wolfe and  Fire Chief Tim Carmichael.

Ted Smith, of the Knights of Columbus, began the ceremony with an opening prayer, followed by speakers Thacher and Stouffer.

"When we leave our loved ones, we need to leave with pleasant thoughts," Stouffer said. "America is at its best when under stress. Thank our first responders."

The ceremony continued with Father Robert Duesdieker leading the audience in  a prayer followed by the raising and lowering of the American flag in honor of lives lost during the tragedy. The ceremony ended with the pledge and the ringing of the bell three times.  

The State Knights of Columbus honored the local council 1061 in April with a Community Service Award for the ceremony.  The organization only awards one recipient each year. Smith said Supreme Master John Anderson read about the Boonville event in this newspaper, and he liked the idea so much that he suggested other states perform a prayer service similar to this one. The Boonville event has grown throughout the years to include a wider audience: community members, government officials, law enforcement, and and the Boonville Fire Department.