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Mark your calendars for Shrewsbury’s 10th annual 9/11 Candlelight Vigil

SHREWSBURY –  Mark your calendars everyone, for Sunday Night September 11th, at 8PM at the gazebo  on the Shrewsbury Town Common for the 10th annual Candlelight Vigil.

What an incredible sight to see it is each year, as hundreds of  Shrewsbury residents come out to honor our nation, and reflect upon the nearly three thousand people who were lost on that fateful day in 2001, and the 4400 brave soldiers who have been lost since then, protection our nation on foreign soil.

Each year, the members of the Leaders of Tomorrow student group, representing schools from Marlboro to Worcester, bring together the community for this incredible event which has now been integrated in the very cultural fabric of Shrewsbury.    It has grown each and every year, with over 500 people coming out to the 2010 event.   This year, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the goal is to make it the biggest and most poignant event ever.

Many of the students participating are far too young to actually remember the day the world changed forever, and yet they represent an entirely new generation carrying on the memories and ensuring that we as a society never forget.  ”During the brutal 9/11 attacks,” said Leaders of Tomorrow President Sam Levine in last years speech, “nearly 3000 people, heroes all, lost their lives.  Over 10,000 children lost a parent, and we, as a nation, lost our innocence.”  Quoting John F. Kennedy, he continued, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”

These feelings are clearly shared by people from all walks of live in our region, and some phenomenal speakers come out year after year to experience the evening, and share their own personal thoughts and reflections on how they were changed forever by the events of 9/11, as well as their vision as to where we as a nation go from here.   This year, we expect to have Congressman McGovern, Representative Matt Beaton, and other notable guests to join with us as we honor our brave soldiers, firefighters, and EMT workers who keep us safe each and every day.  Hopefully we will have the fantastic folks at the Sumner House open again for tours and refreshments as well.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the Sumner House, winners of this years restoration award from the Shrewsbury Historical Society, it’s really a rare treat.

We also hope to present several other special groups and musical guests, including a presentation of the colors by the Naval Sea Cadets, Leaders of Tomorrow member Sachita Ganesa, with the Star Spangled Banner, and the SHS a capella choir, under the direction of Bonnie Narcissi-Gorie, with their first performance of the year.

We reach out to all local groups, clubs and organizations to join us as our guests for the evening, especially the scouts, veterans organizations,  active duty personnel, political action groups, and fall sports teams in uniform.   It’s always fantastic to see all the people there in their uniforms, in a sign of unity.

For more information, feel free to email Sam Levine at sam@leadersoftomorrow.com

Here are some photos from the 2010 event for your review….

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6 Responses to Mark your calendars for Shrewsbury’s 10th annual 9/11 Candlelight Vigil

  1. Vic_Crown

    August 5, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    ….”join with us as we honor our brave soldiers, firefighters, and EMT workers who keep us safe each and every day”. Did you know that 60 police officers died in the line of duty on 9-11. Those hero’s ran into the buildings with no special equipment on and attempted to save the lives of the people who seem not to want to honor them on this somber occation. Sad, but nothing changes….The police will always be here to balance your bugets and so you can kick us instead of the dog.

  2. Hmmm I thought we were doing this event each year to honor them???

  3. Vic_Crown

    August 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    I believe the article says ….”soldiers, firefighters, and EMT workers who keep us safe each and every day”, I don’t see police in there sir. But I guess thats why the fire departments get everything and the police are just supposed to deal with it… It’s okay sir, the brave men and women of law enforcement are used to getting nothing and people expecting the world.

  4. Ah, a minor typo in the article… Much easier to fix just by letting us know, rather than taking the “everybody hates me I think I’ll eat some worms” attitude…. I can tell you why you have that perception you do, however, and what you need to do to change what the police get or don’t get….but this isn’t the place for that. I love my good friends on the Shrewsbury PD, and want them to have only the very best….

  5. Vic_Crown

    August 6, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    I guess I will agree to disagree with you. However, I would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into the Lantern. It is a great site (minus the typo’s) and is very informative. It is nice to see someone care enough about their community to take the time to report about important events and keeps us all in touch with it’s ongoings. Thank you and all the best

  6. Thanks! Just remember….people consistently come out to support groups that give them the warm fuzzy feelings. Folks that give back the love. The schools, the library, the war veterans etc.. Many folks on the force to do just that. Folks like Shawn, Peter, Steve, Jay, Pat, Brian, Chad, Mark, Chuck, Danny and so many others are just always out there with a giant smile, a wave as they go by, and always a warm handshake. Then there’s a few others…who I just don’t think always go out of their way to endear the love of the public. If you can get the public to feel the love, I promise they’ll come through. I know I feel safe, with the best police force in Mass. watching over me….

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