Updated: October 30, 2012 2:00AM
GURNEE — The Gurnee Exchange Club will hold its 11th annual 9/11 Community Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 9 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Viking Park, 4374 Old Grand Ave. The free event will recognize the many instances of heroism, bravery and generosity demonstrated by sworn public safety personnel and civilians on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as by all Americans in the subsequent years.
The ceremony will include presentation of the Exchange’s 2011 Fire Employee of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Civilian Police Employee of the Year awards, “So Proudly We Hail” Award, and a special honoring of the Lake County fallen.
Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik and Capt. Randall Lynch, commanding officer Naval Station Great Lakes, will be guest speakers, with members from the Gurnee Police and Fire Honor Guard, Gurnee Public Works Department, Gurnee Park District, Girl and Boy Scouts of America, 2012 Gurnee queens and various elected and local leaders in attendance.
Performing will be the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, RTC Great Lakes Recruit 50 Flag Unit and Gurnee fourth and fifth grade singers.
The ceremony will include The Blue Ribbon Field, where each blue ribbon flag represents approximately 10 children whose lives have been terminated because of child abuse. The blue ribbon was adopted by the National Exchange Club as its program of service. In 2007, more than 3.2 million cases of child abuse were reported. In that same year, an estimated 1,760 children died from abuse or neglect.
For more information, call (847) 599-6600.