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*****Media Advisory*****
Press Release
Brentwood to Hold 9-11 Remembrance Event

Brentwood, California (August 13, 2003) – Two years following the attack on America, residents of Brentwood are encouraged to come together in a remembrance ceremony to honor the victims of Sept. 11.

The commemoration ceremony honors the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, airline flight takeovers and the American military service personnel who have died in the battle against terrorism.

“Patriotism - Remembering 9-11” is the theme of this year’s Sept. 11 “Patriot Day” Commemoration. Participants will include Brentwood’s Mayor and Council members, City officials and staff, the Brentwood Police Department, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, American Legion Post #202, VFW, Boy Scout Troop #93, and representatives from Liberty Union High School District and Brentwood Union School District. It will be held at the Gazebo in City Park at 5:30 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to attend.

The City of Brentwood is co-sponsoring this event with the Brentwood Press. “Everyone in Brentwood is invited to join together in this uniting ceremony,” said Mayor Brian Swisher. For more information on how your organization can participate, contact Jayne Bauer in the City Manager’s office at 516-5440.

The ceremony will begin by recognizing emergency service personnel who have remained strong throughout the entire ordeal on the attack of America and who have upheld the honor of patriotism.

“This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” American Legion Post Adjutant Fran Curtis said. Uniformed personnel and family members of active duty service personnel/emergency service personnel are invited as special guests to sit in reserved seating at the front of the audience.

A poetry/picture contest is being sponsored by local community organizations to encourage children in grades K-12 to express themselves on the theme of patriotism. Patriot Bonds will be awarded to the top 3 winners in each of 3 categories, with a grand prize of a $250 Patriot Savings Bond. All entries will be displayed in the library, and the top winners will have an opportunity to read their poem during the ceremony on September 11. Contest details and entry forms will be available through the schools, the library and the Brentwood Press.

“As a nation, we must remain committed to supporting the men and women of our armed forces as they serve with honor and courage,” said Brentwood City Manager John Stevenson. Congress passed Public Law No.: 107-89 on Dec. 18, 2001, designating Sept. 11 “Patriot Day,” and Mayor Swisher will read a Proclamation from the City of Brentwood.

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