At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at City Hall, Mayor Dwight Livingston will sign a proclamation designating Sept. 11 as “Stand With Those Who Serve Day.”

This day dedicated to thank and pray for our first responders. These include police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers, fire fighters, EMS and paramedics, dispatchers and other essential staff.

On Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the North Platte Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a “Blue Mass” at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, 415 N. Chestnut in North Platte.

The first Blue Mass was celebrated on Sept. 29, 1934 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. to pray for first responders. Since 1934, Blue Masses have been celebrated annually in many American cities, said Andrew Mueller of the Knights of Columbus.

Following the events of 9/11, Blue Masses were celebrated in cities from coast to coast to honor the many first responders who gave their lives so that others might live.  It is estimated that 25,000 people were saved on 9/11 because of their courage.

Though usually held in a Catholic church, the Mass is generally considered non-denominational or ecumenical. The public is encouraged to participate, Mueller said.