Rhoda and Donald Kantor of Sun City Hilton Head will never forget the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and they don't want others to forget either.
"It is the most tragic thing that ever happened in our country," said Rhoda. "I don't have anybody in the military, and my husband and I are not in military, but look at what took place after 9/11. Look at what happened to our country. Thousands of men and women have been killed because they volunteered. Lest we forget it, what will our children remember?"
Rhoda noted that some people say the Holocaust never happened.
"Are they going to say that about 9/11? That those planes accidentally crashed?"
Never miss a local story.
The couple is involved in 9/11 memorial service planned at Sun City Hilton Head at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Both will attend the memorial service, which she helped plan. The service will be held near the community's 9/11 memorial, which holds a time capsule including the names all of the almost 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks.
The Kantors are also volunteers with the USO, whose mission is to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families. Through their membership in the Shalom Club -- which encourages interaction and understanding among all members of all faiths in the Sun City -- and the USO, the Kantors greet soldiers arriving home at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah at all hours of the day and night. During Rhoda's presidency of the Shalom Club, the group started the annual tradition of making regular deliveries of food to area firefighters at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 10-12.
The Kantors also have "adopted" Army Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Nelson, who had not been receiving any care packages; are members of the Veterans Club in Sun City; conduct services in Hebrew and English for the Jewish recruits stationed on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island; and collect and deliver comfort items for soldiers for when they first return to the states as part of Operation Welcome Home.
Rhoda's patriotism runs skin deep and then some. The soon to be 77-year-old got her first tattoo -- a red rose and a hummingbird -- at age 75. She's looking at a second "granny tattoo" of a red, white and blue butterfly of freedom. She wants to be able to touch the tattoo when she salutes the flag.
The Kantors want to show their appreciation to the military for protecting their most precious gifts in life: their 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
"Because the troops are over there," Rhoda said, "my grandchildren are safe over here."
JEHOVAH CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
Pastor's Aide Department will sponsor a breakfast sale from 8-10 a.m. and a dinner sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today on the Green at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, next to Island Plaza, St. Helena Island. Breakfast costs $7. Dinners are $10 and can be delivered. Details: 843-812-7184, 843-812-9250
ASSURED BY THE WORD MINISTRY
The ministry will offer "Beth Moore Live via Satellite" on Hilton Head Island from 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. today at Resurrection Christian Church, 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $25 and include a barbecue lunch, material and refreshments. For tickets: www.AssuredByTheWord.com, Alora@AssuredByTheWord.com, 843-338-2204
The City of Beaufort and area churches are working in partnership for a day of remembrance commemorating 9/11 Sunday in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Civic commemorations begin at 8:30 a.m. State and local first responders will be recognized and several local musical groups will perform. The civic commemorations will conclude at 9:58 a.m., the time when United Airlines Flight 93 lost contact, with a United States Marine Corps Flyover. A service of worship and remembrance, organized by multiple area churches, begins at 10:30 a.m. in the park. The service will include a community choir; Richard Sale, FBI chaplain, will share a message; and the churches will recognize Beaufort's first responders. The event is free and open to the community. Participants are invited to bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. Details: Mike Green, 843-592-1352, or Donnie Beer, 843-379-6099, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF SHELL POINT
The church will hold its second 9/11 memorial service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The service will feature a special musical tribute for this event. Featured will be local firefighter and musician Paul Lazzo, who will perform with his family members. The church is at 102 Savannah Highway, Port Royal, near Shell Point Elementary School.
Details: Daniel Lemieux, 843-525-6159
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The church will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in worship services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday with special music and a sermon by Dr. Doug Fletcher. Church Family Night kicks off on Wednesday. Laura Floyd and Duchess Raehn will perform "Sing, My Soul," an evening of favorite psalms, hymns and spiritual songs at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Also, a reception to honor Dr. Charles Farley, who is retiring as organist, will be held at 7:30 p.m. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head.
NORTH ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
A special service of commemoration of the anniversary of Sept. 11, "Never Forget ... Hope," begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 3800 Main St., Hilton Head Island.
JERICHO AME CHURCH
A "Pack the Pew Program" begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Presiding Elder Jonathan Roberts will speak.
ORANGE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
The 77th anniversary celebration will culminate with services at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 189 Orange Grove Road, St. Helena Island.
FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The Women's Ministry will celebrate its 40th anniversary at 5 p.m. Sunday. The theme is "Christian Women Working Together with Unity and Love." Evangelist Barbara Pinckney Williams of Savannah will speak. The church is at 70 Beach City Road.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The fellowship's Water Ceremony has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"Substance" will be the Bible lesson topic presented at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The 13-week "Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University" program begins Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. weekly in the music room. The cost is $100 a family for lifetime membership and all materials. The first lesson can be free. Child care is available upon request. Register at the office by calling 843-842-5673. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head.
Details: Joe Patton, 843-384-6232 or JDPatton@aol.com
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Pastor Mary B. Smith, pastor of Calvary AME Church in Jacksonboro, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
The church will host a dinner and silent auction from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday with food by Mangiamo! and dessert by Ronnie's Bakery at St. Andrew-By-The-Sea United Methodist Church. Entertainment will be provided by The Headliners and all proceeds will go to benefit The Deep Well Project. For tickets, call Linda Lacy, 843-298-5606. The church is at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-689-3625, www.malchak.com
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH
Hector Olivera, organist, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church on Lady's Island. The event is sponsored by the Lowcountry Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Olivera will bring his 4-manual touring organ. Tickets are $15 at the door, $5 for students with ID.
GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE
Pastors Deloris and Joseph Young's 30th pastoral anniversary is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 3 p.m. Sept. 18. Visiting speakers will be: Friday, Jonesville Baptist Church Pastor James Rodges; Sept. 17, Bethlehem Temple Bishop George Floyd; and Sept. 18, Dr. K.E. McNeal of Happy Home Missionary Baptist Church. The temple is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6988, 866-708-3686
FISHERS OF MEN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
The Founder's Fellowship Dinner is at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Pastor Jeanette Harley will speak. Tickets are on sale at 843-575-2031 or 843-575-0526. The founder's 85th birthday is at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 with Pastor Dr. Robert Jiggetts and Liberty Temple of East Orange, N.J., and at 5 p.m. with Bishop Michael Butler and Victory Tabernacle of Orangeburg. The church is at 1311 Congress St., Beaufort.
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
Vicky Farhi, lead outreach specialist for the Union of Reform Judaism, will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 about the challenges and opportunities for grandparents whose children and/or grandchildren are in interfaith marriages.
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Ordination services for Minister Paul Singleton begin at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Scottsville. Old Ashley Association will conduct the services. The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: Pastor Jack Ladson, 843-838-1260