“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 to help defray the cost of the memorial.
Robinson said Portsmouth’s Police Chief Charles Horner and Fire Chief Bill Raison, as well as others, are scheduled to speak. Dave Bussler, Post 23 club manager, will act as master of ceremonies.
Robinson said the Fire Department will also be ringing a bell and performing a flag demonstration, and a bagpiper will perform “Amazing Grace.” Robinson said Boy Scouts will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. She said there will be posting of the colors by various groups, and the program will be called to order by Past Commander Dave Bussler at 2 p.m.
“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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