From Ground Zero: Chaplain to share his 911 experiences

Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 15, 2014

Arthur Roberts. Jr., who served as a chaplain at Ground Zero in New York in the days after the terrorist attack that brought down the World Trade Centers, will be the featured speaker at the Troy Exchange Club’s One Nation Under God Breakfast Tuesday in the Activities Building of First Baptist Church in Troy. The public is invited.

The program is free with the complimentary breakfast buffet line opening at 6:45 a.m. The program will begin at 7 a.m.

Bob Lambert, Exchange Club publicity chair, said Roberts has always been a person in uniform.

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“As a Boy Scout, a member of the JROTC, a correctional officer and a New York firefighter, the uniform identified who Arthur Roberts is,” Lambert said. “He has always honored and respected the uniform he wore but said he had never felt the weight of the responsibility and honor of the uniform until 9/11/01.”

On Sept. 14, 2001, Roberts joined volunteer firefighters from all across the country in assisting with what had to be done in the aftermath of the terrorists’ attack.

“Arthur Roberts will share his feelings following the devastation of 9/11 knowing that lived had been forever changed on that September morning,” Lambert said. “He will give an inspirational message of what transpired during his time as a first responder and how his faith pulled him through.”

“We are honored to have him as the featured speaker for our 2014 One Nation Under God Breakfast,” Lambert said.

The One Nation Under God project was adopted on July 30, 1964, by Exchange leaders seeking to heighten awareness of America’s rich religious heritage.

“November, observed nationally as One Nation Under God Month, is a special time of year when Exchangites join together to increase public appreciation of the important roles religious faith and freedom have played in our nation’s history,” Lambert said.