Citizens Medical Center hosting 9/11 program on Friday
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IF YOU GOWHAT: Citizens Medical Center, annual 9/11 memorial program
WHEN: 7:45 a.m., Friday
WHERE: Citizens Medical Center, 2701 Hospital Drive, Victoria
Citizens Medical Center's annual 9/11 memorial program is Doris Kleiber's pride and joy.
She recalls vividly the terrorist attacks on that day in 2001.
"I was so upset," she said. "It just broke my heart to know we got hit on our own soil and so many people died."
Kleiber, 80, and a member of the hospital's ladies auxiliary, had a hard time dealing with the attacks and asked Citizen's CEO David Brown if she could organize a memorial program. He agreed.
"We had the first one six weeks after the attacks and have had one every year on or near Sept. 11 ever since," she said.
Kleiber, whose five brothers and late husband all served in the military, serves as mistress of ceremonies.
"The program is to honor the men and women in the military and first responders," Kleiber said. "They all serve us and put their lives on the line to protect us."
The program begins at 7:45 a.m. Friday with the presentation of colors, the national anthem Bernard Gabler , pledge of allegiance and an opening prayer.
Keliber will deliver a welcome and introduce guest speaker U.S. Army Col. (Ret.) Michael A. Petrash.
Petrash, a Ganado native, helps organize the Warriors Weekend Field of Honor annually in Victoria.
After Petrash's remarks, Ray Goodwin will sing "God Bless America" followed by a moment of silence and taps.
Citizens Air Medical will conduct a fly-over and Victoria County Commissioner Wayne Dierlam will give the closing prayer.