To make the annual Sept. 11 candlelight walk/program a worthwhile event and ceremony for a community a lot of work is involved, but when that event leaves a memory and creates a tradition in the hearts of many the work becomes a selfless act of giving and caring.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the following.

Gustine Mayor Pat Nagy, for being the master of ceremonies and making all of us feel welcome.

Gustine Police Chief Milk Medeiros and the police officers for leading us safely down the street.

The Gustine Volunteer Fire Department, for ending our walk with dignity.

The veterans Honor Guard, for letting everyone know how proud we are.

The Gustine Lions Club for providing the ice cream.

The Gustine Chamber of Commerce for providing the water.

Sharon Bettencourt, for the beautiful musical.

The Westside 4-H Club, for leading us in the pledge to our flag and being involved in the program.

The Gustine football team, for uniting us together with the 9/11 banner.

Gustine historian Pat Snoke, representing the 9/11 victims and their families.

Fire Chief Pat Borrelli, for representing our nation’s first responders and fallen heroes.

All of the volunteers for providing and serving desserts for our community.

Alex Quinn for providing the candles.

Gustine’s 9/11 silent candlelight procession and program was started in 2011 to prove our strength when all of us stood together, to appreciate our freedom, to never forget that time of terror and to remember those who unselfishly responded to the devastation that struck our country, taking thousands of innocent lives.

The walk has grown every year, which shows that our community has the courage to stand strong, to appreciate the convictions that started the United States of America and to always have faith and trust in our God.

My hope is the experience of being united with each other and the short remembrance program has touched the heart of every person who attended, as it has mine, especially when our youth is involved.

May God bless all of you who participated, may we never forget and may God forever bless our nation!