On September 11, the Circle lights up in memory of the firemen, police officers, military personnel and civilians at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The 24 hour candlelight vigil begins as volunteers light the candles at 8 a.m. on the 11th followed by an invocation. The candles burn 24 hours.
The candle ceremony began in 2003 and is organized annually by retired Tallmadge Fire Chief Michael Passarelli and firefighter Jeff Quick.
2976 candles line the sidewalks of the Tallmadge Circle Park:
343 RED candles for fire department personnel
60 BLUE candles for police personnel
55 GREEN candles for military personnel
2518 WHITE candles for civilians
Assistance is always welcome to set up, light and remove the candles To volunteer contact Chief Passarelli through the fire department's non-emergency phone line at 330-633-0970.
Donations from the community and local businesses provide funds to purchase the specially made candles from A.I. Root Candle Company of Medina, Ohio. Each candles lasts approximately five years.