Aug 27, 2012
GURNEE, IL – The Gurnee Exchange club will hold its eleventh annual 9/11 Community Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, September 9th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Viking Park. This free event will recognize the many instances of heroism, bravery and generosity demonstrated by sworn public safety personnel and civilians on September 11th, 2001 as well as by all Americans in the subsequent years.
The ceremony will include presentation of the Exchange’s 2011 Fire Employee of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Civilian Police Employee of the Year awards, “So Proudly We Hail” Award, and a special honoring of the Lake County fallen.
Kristina M. Kovarik, Mayor of Gurnee, and Captain Randall Lynch, Commanding Officer Naval Station Great Lakes will be guest speakers at the event with members from the Gurnee Police and Fire Honor Guard, Gurnee Public Works Department, Gurnee Park District, Girl and Boy Scouts of America, 2012 Gurnee Queens and various elected and local leaders in attendance.
Performing will be the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, RTC Great Lakes Recruit 50 Flag Unit and the Gurnee Fourth and Fifth Grade School Singers.
The ceremony will again include The Blue Ribbon Field. The blue ribbon symbolizes child abuse prevention, which was adopted by the National Exchange Club as its program of service. In 2007, more than 3.2 million cases of child abuse were reported. In that same year, an estimated 1,760 children died from abuse or neglect.
In viewing the Blue Ribbon Field during our Remembrance Ceremony, please keep in mind that each blue ribbon flag represents approximately 10 children whose lives have been terminated because of child abuse.
The Gurnee Exchange Club is a chapter of the national service organization Exchange, an organization of men and women working together to make communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.