NEW BRUNSWICK — New Brunswick Elks Lodge 324 will be donating a flagpole and a plaque to the city on Sunday, Sept. 11, during a special ceremony at 1 p.m. at Boyd Park on Route 18 in New Brunswick to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
The New Brunswick Elks is among sponsors of the ceremony that will honor the memory of 75 Middlesex County residents who were killed on 9/11, and will honor the survivors, first responders and those who served in subsequent military actions.
In addition to the New Brunswick Elks, officials from the city, as well as the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and a civic organization known as Voices of 9/11 will participate in the solemn 90-minute ceremony.
During the ceremony, the New Brunswick Elks color guard will present and raise the flag of the United States. In addition, the names of the county residents who were killed on 9/11 will be recited. An interfaith service with patriotic music will also be part of the ceremony.
Sponsors of the event have been seeking the families of those who were killed, as well as survivors, first responders and military personnel to attend the event as honored guests. Those who are interested are asked to contact Michael Mahony, 9/11 Committee chairman, at 1-732-672-5493. Honored guests also may send an e-mail to NB911MemorialProgram@gmail.com.
The event is free and open to the public.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11, the New Brunswick Elks will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Army of Hope, an Elks program that donates needed personal supplies to military personnel and offers financial assistance to the families of service personnel who have been wounded or killed.
The event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., will be held at the Elks Lodge, 40 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
The New Brunswick Elks, a charitable organization dedicated to helping veterans and children with special needs, has 500 members from New Brunswick and surrounding communities, including North Brunswick, Milltown, Highland Park and Franklin Township.
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