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9/11 Remembrance Event

Don't miss North Reading's Remembrance Event on Sunday.

There will be a Remembrance Event at Ipswich River Park on September 11 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. From noon to 7 p.m. at , the event will have guest speakers and live music. Old-fashioned games will entertain the kids so parents can focus on the event. 

The Marine Corps Color Guard presentation of colors will be followed by the Boy and Girl Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.

Guest speakers include State Representative Brad Jones, Larissa Gay of Tewksbury who lost her father on Flight 11, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Bob Mauceri, Veteran USMC Hugh Connor, Chief Edward Nolan and many more. 

The North Reading Community Chorale,  band, Full Turn, DJ Jerry O, and Steve Savio and his partner will play live music for the crowd throughout the day. 

"Everything is still subject to change," said Director of Veterans Services Sue Magner.

Magner is working on a book that lists the names of all the victims of 9/11. The book will be available to view at the event.

Attendants can also check out Operation Home Ties: Faces of Remembrance, an art exhibit by Woburn artist Gina Johnson. Johnson drew profiles of the 158 soldiers that Massachusetts lost to war since 9/11. 

Old-fashioned games will keep children occupied so parents can listen to the guest speakers and enjoy the event. Concession stands will have refreshments for sale and an array of 9/11 memorabilia available. Wear red and bring your blankets and chairs!

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the 9/11 event please contact Susan Magner at (978) 357-5212 or Parks and Recreation Department Operations Director Maureen Stevens (978) 357-5216.

Shep Spear September 05, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I will never forget being at work and (for some reason) having the TV on when this horrible event took place. I was glued to the set for the rest of the day and I remember crying then (and still) when each event was more treacherous than the last. I will never be able to erase this day from my memory - if I live to be 100. Shep Spear
Maureen Vacca September 06, 2011 at 11:01 AM
I too will never forget. My kids were off to school. I was chatting on the phone with Diana Jenkins and Good Morning America was playing in the background on our tv's. GMA was reporting the first tower 'hit' and it was thought to be a terrible accident. Then the second plane came into view and Diana & I watched that plane hit the second building. I remember saying "what are the odds that this is an accident"? And we realized that it was a deliberate attack on America. Our thoughts immediately turned to the safety of our children. I will always remember the realization that unfolded through out the day, that as Americans we underestimated the threat of our enemies. And that we must never let our guard down again. Maureen Vacca

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