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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos from the 2010 event for your review….