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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
August 29, 2003 (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 4, 2003)

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
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MAYOR ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR “PATRIOT DAY – LINCOLN REMEMBERS”

Mayor Coleen Seng today invited Lincoln area residents to observe the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America by attending “Patriot Day – Lincoln Remembers,” a community memorial ceremony at noon Thursday, September 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. The U.S. Congress designated September 11 as “‘Patriot Day” and asked local governments to observe the day with appropriate programs.

“This is an opportunity to come together to remember those who lost their lives in the attacks and to honor our emergency responders and our military, who put their lives on the line every day to protect us,” said Mayor Seng.

The program is being organized by the City of Lincoln and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Veterans Memorial Garden. Speakers will include Mayor Seng, Governor Mike Johanns, Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady and State Adjutant General Roger Lempke. The keynote speaker will be Lincoln Fire Chief Mike Spadt, who participated in operations in New York as leader of the Urban Search and Rescue Team based in Lincoln.

The public is invited to tour the Garden before and after the program, and the Mayor’s Advisory Council will have members available to answer questions about the memorials. Music from Lincoln Pipe and Drum will begin at 11:30 a.m. and members of the Lincoln High School Band will perform for about 30 minutes after the program.

Bench seating will be available, but those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Refreshments will be available in the enclosed shelter north of the Garden. Parking is available north and south of the Auld Recreation Center, with overflow parking available at the Folsom Children’s Zoo. Handicapped parking is available south of Auld. The program will be interpreted for hearing impaired persons, who are invited to sit in the reserved section. In case of rain the event will move inside the Auld Recreation Center.

The program will be videotaped for airing on 5 CITY-TV, the government access cable channel.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at 441-7511.

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