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ArtsQuest virtual 9/11 ceremony scheduled


The public is invited to join ArtsQuest virtually in honoring the region’s first responders, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel during Patriot Day presented by Embassy Bank at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

This year’s ceremony will be streamed live., and as part of the presentation, ArtsQuest will present its 2020 First Responder Valor Award to Bethlehem’s the Rev. Herbert G. Gates III.

A U.S. Army veteran who served six months in South Vietnam and churches in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years, he currently serves as Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Associate Chaplain.

Gates has volunteered at ArtsQuest for more than a decade. ArtsQuest will present Gates with a hand-blown glass sculpture.

ArtsQuest also is honoring regional first responders by displaying “Our Hometown Heroes” banners along 1st Street and Founders Way, as well as online. For information, visit