Thursday, September 8, 2011

A last hooray for Tribute to Heroes Luncheon

The determination to “never forget” the deadliest attack on U.S. soil is reflected in annual observances at the Emergency Services Memorial in Bradenton's Rossi Park, nondenominational prayer services, school programs, and more.

But the annual Tribute to Heroes Luncheon Friday,  Sept. 9, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, will likely be the last.

Tickets are still available by the individual seat and by the table to the event that starts at 11:30 a.m. at Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.

“We want everybody who wants to pay a tribute to those in the emergency services to attend. It’s open to the public,” said Rhoda D’Ambra, fire inspector for the Bradenton Fire Department, and a member of the Manatee County Fire Chief’s Association 9/11 coordinating committee.

“We started this luncheon because people in the community wanted to get together and express their feelings in a different way,” she said.

Coordinating committee members decided that the 10th anniversary luncheon will be the last, however, even though the observance at the Rossi Park memorial and elsewhere will continue, she said.

Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased from the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, 222 10th St., W., or by calling Cheryl Richert at 748-4842, ext. 115.

Lakewood Ranch Remembers 9/11

Lakewood Ranch has a powerful 9/11 observance planned for Saturday. Here's the full schedule at Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch as provided by Lori Basilone, Ranch community activities manager: 
5 p.m. - Welcome by emcee Bob Harrigan.
5:10 p.m. - Opening comments.
5:35 p.m. - Braden River Elementary School – music program leads the Pledge of Allegiance, and  "The Star Spangled Banner," with Levi Waxler signing.
5:50 p.m.  - Essay winners for grades 3-5 read their papers.
6 p.m.  “Kissed by a Hero.”
6:15 p.m.-  Middle school essay winner reads paper.
6:30 p.m.  - “Proud to be an American”
6:45 p.m. - Resident Dan Barion- reflects on the actual day in NYC.
7:15  p.m.-  Lakewood Ranch High School Band plays patriotic songs. 
7:30 p.m. - High school essay winner  reads paper.
7:45 p.m. Moment of silence; prayer to remember
· Field of flags
· Taps
7:50 p.m. - Dedicate the flag pole-  Manatee County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard ceremony to raise the flag.
7:55 p.m.-  “God Bless America,” Levi Waxler to sign.
8: p.m. - Retired NYC firefighters present a wreath.
8:10 p.m. - Bag pipes play and lead silent procession of  emergency vehicles.
· Fly over
· Event concludes.

For more, see Friday's Bradenton Herald and Lakewood Ranch Herald.

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