Now, James Dickey American Legion Post 23, their Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and The Forty and Eight, will hold a special event honoring policemen, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, emergency medical technicians and veterans of the military, on Sept. 11 at Tracy Park in Portsmouth.
“We’re going to have a veterans tribute to 9/11,” said Juanita Robinson of Post 23 Ladies Auxiliary. “And we’re going to make the day as fun as we can, but we’re also going to have a program.”
The James Dickey American Legion Post 23 is selling commemorative bricks to honor our country’s veterans, along with a mural dedicated to five branches of the U.S. military on the Court Street building in Portsmouth.
“We’re going to be selling commemorative bricks for our project we’re doing at the American Legion veterans,” Robinson said. “And we’re going to be selling some T-shirts and maybe a few hats to help raise money to help purchase bricks and the expenses of putting the bricks on.” She said nursing home veterans have also been invited to attend.
Beans and cornbread, hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold at a modest price to help pay for the memorial.
Robinson said the program will consist of several speakers, including Portsmouth Police Chief Charles Horner, Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison and others. Dave Bussler, Post 23 club manager, will act as master of ceremonies.
The Fire Department will also be performing a flag demonstration.
Robinson said some Boy Scout troops will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. She said there will be posting of the colors by various groups, and a 9/11 program which will be called to order at 2 p.m. by Past Commander Dave Bussler.
“We’re going to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives during 9/11,” Robinson said. “This is also a tribute to the first responders as well, because they did a tremendous job.”
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