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August 6, 2009: City plans Sept. 11 memorial ceremony

The City is again hosting a memorial to honor those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Every year since the attacks, the City has hosted some kind of tribute to the victims and heroes of that day.

This year, the ceremony will take place at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 11 at the memorial outside the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Drive. The event, originally during the evening hours, was moved to the morning to be closer to the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

At 8:46 a.m., the time when the first plane hit the north tower, the City’s entire Police and Fire Department dispatch system will have a moment of silence. There also will be a wreath laying at the monument followed by a brief tribute by the City’s police and fire chiefs. Along with the Police and Fire Department Honor Guards, the Pipes and Drums Corps will perform. The J.P. Taravella High School band is scheduled to perform as well.

The City is seeking financial donations to offset the cost of the $150 wreath for the ceremony. Additional funds received will go toward the 2010 memorial event. Donations of any size can be sent to event coordinator Gina Orlando, 9551 W. Sample Road. Checks can be made payable to City of Coral Springs.

Current military members and veterans are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Orlando at 954-344-1147 or e-mail

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