NEW BRUNSWICK — Due to poor conditions at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, this weekend’s memorial ceremony commemorating 9/11 has been moved to New Brunswick High School and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
New Brunswick Elks Lodge 324 will be donating a flagpole and a plaque to the City of New Brunswick during the ceremony to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11. The new high school is located on Route 27 in New Brunswick, near the Franklin Township border.
The New Brunswick Elks is among hosts 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, City Market, 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 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. Visitors are asked to bring canned goods to help victims of the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11, the New Brunswick Elks will be hosting a pancake breakfast to raise funds for Voices of 9/11 and 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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