On Sunday Sept. 10, Decatur will host the 15th annual “Cruise 11 to Remember 9-11” event. The theme of the day will be Honor our Heroes. The event will take place in Decatur’s Central Park. Cruise 11 serves as a fundraiser to collect donations for the Doug Hagen Memorial Scholarship Fund at MHS.
The event is a car and bike show with entertainment, food, and a remembrance service. Car/bike registration is $11 at the event. First responders judge the show, including a Red Cross volunteer that was deployed to the 9-11 site. Call 217-791-1385 for more information.
Ayn Owens, the creator of the event, has challenged the community to have a minimum of 200 Thank You notes written to the Decatur Police Department for their service, especially during these stressful times.
“I made a facebook challenge post Tuesday morning and already two nursing homes, a daycare, a business and six individuals have stepped up,” reports Owens. Part of Cruise 11 has always been to honor the service of first responders.
“We all need to remember how we felt watching our heroes, in real time, react on 9-11,” Owens continues. “Our officers deserve our appreciation and respect daily.”
After the public response another challenge was issued by former Decatur Mayor Terry Howley.
“I was contacted by Mayor Howley, known to be a great supporter of DPD, about asking for support for our officers and our community,” Owens said.
“I am challenging every church, every pastor, every congregation in this city to take an active stand against violence in our city and to pray for those who do not attend any church now to search their hearts for peace and begin an end to the hatred of any type against others,” said Howley.