Rep. Wilhour Co-Hosts 9-11 Ceremony at Smithsonian Exhibit in Salem

Rep. Blaine Wilhour speaks at the 9-11 Ceremony at Bryan-Bennett Library in Salem.

State Representative Bliane Wilhour (107th District) was the co-host legislator with State Senator Jason Plummer on Saturday, September 11, 2021 to remember the victims and the first responders of the attacks on America twenty years ago. The ceremony took place at the Bryan-Bennett Library in Salem.

Photo (l-r): Rep. Blaine Wilhour, Ret. Col. Wyett Colclasure, Supreme Court Justice David K. Overstreet, Salem Mayor Nicolas Farley, Marion County Board Chairwoman Debbie Smith, Sen. Jason Plummer, and Sen. Terri Bryant.

The Flag of Honor on display at the ceremony formerly hung at the Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, in the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity in honor of fellow member, Brother Andrew Fredericks of Union College who died in Tower One of the World Trade Center on 9-11 saving others. New York Firefighter Fredericks taught other firefighters in Illinois at seminars held in Champaign, IL.

The Master of Ceremonies for the program was Retired Colonel Wyett Colclasure, U.S. Army. Wyett is also the current president of the Marion County Genealogical & Historical Society.

Other Guests included Salem Mayor Nic Farley, Illinois Supreme Court Justice David K. Overstreet (5th District), Marion County Board Members: Wes Gozia (3rd District), Judy Shafer (3rd District) and Sharon K. Woodward (1st District); and State Senator Terri Bryant from Murphysboro, IL.

The patriotic wreath on the podium was made by American Legion Auxiliary Officer Pam Deckard. The American Legion Post 128, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Reunion hosted a lunch at the Luther B. Easley Post 128 for the guests and the public following the ceremony.

The benediction was given by Pastor Denise Burke from the Salem Presbyterian Church.
Music provided for “My Country Tis of Thee,” God Bless America,” and “the National Anthem” by Musicians: Randy Soger (baritone); Tom Baker (trumpet), and Martha Stiehl (keyboard) of Mt. Vernon, IL

The Smithsonian Exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will be on display free of charge at the Bryan-Bennett Library (315 South Maple Street in Salem) through Saturday, October 2, 2021 (the date of the Little Egypt Festival and Parade).

Schools and civic groups are encouraged to schedule a visit by contacting the library at 618-548-3006, ext 2.

Voices and Votes: Aug. 28-Oct.2 — Bryan-Bennett Library (