Vineland to Host Patriot Day Ceremony on 9/11

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Members of the community will meet in Vineland on Monday, September 11th, at the Vineland Fire Headquarters to remember all of those whose lives were lost in the terrorist attacks on the East Coast 16 years ago — on 9/11/2001.

Vineland Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and city officials will be present at the event (110 N. 4th Street). The event will contain a moment of silence to remember the lives lost, and to honor the efforts of first responders on the day of the attacks.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers were struck down by American Airlines Flight 11  (1 World Trade Center), and United Airlines Flight 175 (2 World Trade Center) – killing more than a thousand people. Today, the site of the towers is a memorial with all of the names people who died. 

Attacks also occurred shortly at the Pentagon with American Airlines Flight 77 in Washington D.C., and in Shanksville, Penn. into an empty field with United Airlines Flight 93.

Vineland Mayor Anthony Fanucci, along with Edwin Alicea, Public Safety Director; Richard Franchetta, Fire Director; and Fire Chief Luigi Tramontana will deliver remarks at the event. Station No. 6 retired Captain Robert Scarpa will be the keynote speaker. 

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by students of Dr. William Mennies School and Principal Debra Quinn. Station No. 2 Lt. Evan Forosisky will recite the Firemen's Prayer.

"We will never forget the sacrifices of our first responders and their families," said Fanucci.

"This ceremony is a way to honor the men and women who lost their lives on that day, and those who continue to serve our county around the world in the name of freedom."

Former President George W. Bush declared September 11th, 2002 as the first Patriot Day – a national day of mourning. Despite it not being a national holiday, cities and towns across the country remind the public to never forget the lost lives, and to remain vigilant.

If it is scheduled to rain, the event will be moved indoors at the Vineland City County Chambers on 640 E. Wood Street.

To find out more information, contact Mayor Fanucci's office at 856-794-4011.

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