November 2023

Page A33 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A The Fan Man, Inc. Fans Calendars Urns Register Books Dresses Advertising Specialties John Mannion “WhatEver You Need” 1-800-671-8280 Cell: 803-417-2940 1-800-868-9950 Run your funeral home more efficiently Save Money, Time & Headaches! THE ANSWERING SERVICE IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN 2023 NFDA International Convention & Expo Post-Convention Highlights DIGITAL DIRECTORY Available Download instantly at Save on Shipping! Convention Attendees Leave with New Ideas Continued from Page A31 and Crematory, Inc, and Nicodemus & Associates. Now in its 23rd year, the Funeral Service Foundation’s Golf Classic has raised nearly $1.6 million in support of its mission to invest in people and programs that strengthen funeral service and lift up grieving communities. During this year’s event, which took place at Topgolf and attracted both golfers and spectators alike, the Foundation raised $170,000. Honoring the 22nd Anniversary of September 11th To honor the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack, this year’s Service of Remembrance took place as part of the opening general session. The event was an opportunity to remember and reflect on the tragedy the country endured. As attendees entered the ballroom for the opening general session and Service of Remembrance, they were greeted by a fire truck provided by the Clark County Fire Department; suspended from its extended ladder was the American flag. On display near the fire truck were the photos of the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11. NFDA was honored to be joined by John LaBarbera, Battalion Commander, FDNY (Ret.), who inspired attendees with stories of the heroes who put their lives on the line on 9/11. As is tradition, during the Service of Remembrance, NFDA also paid tribute to members of the funeral service family who died during the past year. At the conclusion of the Service of Remembrance, attendees received a commemorative 9/11 memorial pin. They also had the opportunity to purchase a commemorative 9/11 tshirt produced by Nine Line, a veteran owned and operated company. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts benefited two organizations, Tunnel to Towers and Veterans & Athletes United. At the conclusion of this year’s Service of Remembrance, a collection was taken up for Tunnel to Towers. Through the generosity of convention attendees, $4,359 was donated to the organization. NFDA thanks MessenContinued on page A34 Photos Courtesy Elizabeth Roberts, Roberts & Downey Chapel Furniture, Argenta, Illinois