August 22 2016

Burlington to Hold Special Ceremony for 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks


The Town of Burlington will hold a special remembrance ceremony for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. on the 15th anniversary this year. 


The ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. on the Town Common. 


“Fifteen years ago, we all said that we should never forget,” a notice from the Board of Selectmen/Town Administrator’s Office reads. “And as we approach the 15th anniversary of that horrific September day in 2001, we must reinforce those four words: ‘We Shall Never Forget.” 


The notice states that this year’s ceremony will honor and remember not only the innocent people killed that day but also the brave first responders who died serving then and those that serve today. 


It will also honor the men and women who served in the nation’s military and have died or been wounded protecting the country. 


“We lost a brave young local, Marine L/Cpl Gregory MacDonald, who died in Iraq too soon and too young.” 


This year the organizers are working with Burlington High School students to construct a 9 by 12 foot United States flag made out of more than 1,500 small red, white and blue flags. 


“To make this even more special the names of each of the firefighters and police officers who died at the World Trade Center that day and 55 military personnel who died at the Pentagon have been written on the white flags. 


The ceremony will also include a woman’s choir and a firefighters bagpipe band among other things. There will also be a display of police and fire vehicles and equipment for the public to see. 

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