Storm cancels prayer concert in Westminster

September 25, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

A downpour and high winds forced the cancellation last night of the Concert of Prayer, an outdoor event planned by 25 Westminster-area churches in a show of support for the victims of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

"God Bless America" flashed on signs along Route 140 in Reese, where organizers had planned to stage the outdoor rally on the fire department's carnival grounds. They had set up the stage and lighting before storms passed through the area last night.

"We're disappointed, but we're just going to go home and pray," said Phil Dell of Finksburg, who showed up with his wife, Yvonne, and their 10-year-old son, Greg. "I think they'll definitely reschedule. I know the fire hall people will work with them. They're very community-oriented."

The event had been planned to draw the community together in petitions for the nation and to remember the more than 6,000 victims in New York, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. Organizers had planned to use the Pledge of Allegiance, hymns, patriotic anthems, Scripture and reflection last night.

Yvonne Dell said she had been looking forward to praying with the community. The Dells said they planned to return when the event is rescheduled. Organizers were unsure last night when the event would be held, but they vowed it would be soon.

"The Lord always has a plan, and maybe the plan is there will be more people next time," said Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier, who expected to attend the rally with Commissioner Donald I. Dell (no relation to the Dell family of Finksburg). "There is still much to pray for."

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