The 10th anniversary celebration of the Cross at the Crossroads saw a record-smashing turnout Sunday afternoon.
Members of the Cross Foundation were hoping for 1,000 people to turn out to set a national record for the number of people helping form a human cross. Instead, volunteers counted 3,306 people inside the staked out cross area, obliterating the previous record.
The record-breaking effort was just one of many memorable moments during the observance, which was part celebratory in honor of the cross anniversary and part commemorative as those gathered remembered those killed or injured on September 11, 2001.
Reverend Roger Marshall of First Baptist Church, a longtime Cross Foundation board member, led the crowd in a prayer time for those lost on 9/11, the military, emergency service providers, government leaders, and those on the Cross Foundation and the many Cross volunteers. A special prayer was offered for those thousands of motorists who travel by the Cross daily, that they will grasp the message of the Cross, as well as for the nation.
A group of children and youth launched some 250 balloons (provided in part from Party Worx), and Chinese lanterns were lighted and launched in honor and memory of loved ones, with proceeds from the sale of the lanterns going to the Cross Foundation to help handle upkeep and other expenses.
Joyce Hartrich kicked off the evening with an hour of Christian music, and Martin's IGA+ provided a hot dog and barbecue meal and Culver's Frozen Custard and Butterburgers furnished frozen custard, both doing so for free. Samuel Music provided a sound system for the evening, and Cross Foundation Board Member Dave Ring and Wayne Moran of 979XFM and KJ Country 102.3 oversaw the sound system.