Arundel events aim to show `solidarity' in wake of attacks

Annapolis prayer vigil, panel discussion at college are planned

September 18, 2001|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

As "the week after" begins, religious, civic, educational and medical institutions in Anne Arundel County continue to react and respond to the devastating terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The Greater Annapolis Ministerium has planned an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Annapolis High School stadium to mourn the loss of life in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The event was organized in cooperation with Anne Arundel Medical Center and the offices of County Executive Janet S. Owens and Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson.

"We invite the public to join religious and civic leaders of Greater Annapolis in this display of solidarity with each other and sympathy for the victims," said the Rev. David G. Berg, president of the Greater Annapolis Ministerium, an organization of Annapolis-area clergy representing different faiths.

A counselor with the Maryland Institute of Pastoral Counseling and a chaplain at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Berg said the vigil "will be a simple service of music and prayer."

"There will be no long speeches," he said. "We're keeping the rhetoric down and the prayer up."

"We will bring together all of our people - regardless of race or religion - to express their shock and grief, to reach out to one another, and to seek God's healing and peace for our nation and our world," Berg said.

At Anne Arundel Community College, two events are scheduled tomorrow to help in coping with acts of terrorism.

The AACC Student Association invites the public to "United We Stand," an observance from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the academic courtyard of the Arnold campus. The gathering will include a moment of silence, patriotic songs, a flag raising and remarks by college President Martha A. Smith.

From 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., a panel discussion called "Counterterrorism: Understanding, Preventing and Responding to Terrorism" will take place in Room 101 of the Florestano Building. The forum, open to the public, was organized by Tyrone Powers, director of the college's Institute of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Public Service and a former FBI agent.

In addition to Powers, the panelists will be Lt. Kevin Lambert, commander of the Maryland State Police's Annapolis barracks; Timothy Bowman, commander of the special operations division of the county Police Department; Capt. Gary Simpson, with the technical services division of the Annapolis Police Department; Kamala T. Alark, a counselor who specializes in helping children and communities that experience violence; and a representative from the county Sheriff's Department.

County hospitals said that the immediate need to donate blood for the rescue efforts in New York and at the Pentagon has lessened because of last week's overwhelming response.

Anne Arundel Medical Center asks that blood donors call 410-280-6564 to make an appointment for a donation. Officials with the Red Cross blood donor center in Glen Burnie are asking people to delay donations until next week.

Five county schools on Fort Meade held classes yesterday for the first time since Sept. 11. They had remained closed so school and post officials could work out a way to get students and teachers onto the post quickly and safely.

Sun staff writer Stephen Kiehl contributed to this article.

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