Marco Fire Rescue Foundation, area departments host 9/11 remembrance events

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  • Tickets available for 9/11 Remembrance Luncheon at Marriott
  • Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation to pay tribute to all who sacrificed during and after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
  • East Naples, North Naples and other fire districts host area tributes

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation is hosting a 9/11 remembrance luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Friday, which will feature a 13 minute movie that organizers say is unequivocally moving.

“The video has tremendous impact. You look at the first two minutes and you can’t leave. You can’t stop watching it,” said Jim Curran, President of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation.

Remembrance ceremonies are also scheduled throughout the area, including an earlier morning ceremony with East Naples and North Naples Fire Rescue Departments in memory of the victims and appreciation of the rescuers involved in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Marco’s 9/11 Remembrance Luncheon will be held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Reservations must be made by Wednesday.

“Because of the nature of this event, we’re not raising funds,” Curran said of the remembrance of the aftermath of 19 terrorists hijacking four airplanes and causing the deaths of about 3,000 people, of which 340 were firefighters, after the terrorists crashed the planes into the Twin Towers of Manhattan’s World Trade Center, Shanksville, Pa. and Washington’s Pentagon in 2001.

Marco’s remembrance program includes the Marco Island and North Naples Honor Guard, solo vocalist Peter Clapp of the Naples Philharmonic, announcement of the firefighter of the year, a ceremony for fallen first responders and the film review of Sept. 11, 2001.

Send your reservation and make checks payable to Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation, P.O. Box 925, Marco Island, FL 34146. Include name, corporate name for tables of 10 guests, address, phone, e-mail, number of tickets needed and amount on the reservation. Cost is $30 per person. Contact Dianna Dohm at 259-1405 or ddohm@mcbfl.com or Jim Curran at 394-6663, cjamescurran@aol.com for more information.

East Naples and North Naples Fire Rescue host morning ceremony

The East Naples and North Naples Fire Districts will be hosting a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m., Friday.

“We hope you will join us this year to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much and those still fighting to ensure our freedom,” wrote Greg Speers, community relations officer with the East Naples Fire Rescue department, in a prepared release Wednesday.

The 30 minute ceremony will feature several highlights including students from Poinciana Elementary School leading the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the National Anthem; the traditional ringing of the fire bell’s "four fives," which signifies a loss of a firefighter in the line of duty, and concluding with a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

The featured guest speaker will be staff Sgt. Michael Blount, a Florida National Guard veteran, who recently returned to Naples from the war in Iraq.

The event is located at the Grey Oaks Public Safety Facility, 2795 North Airport-Pulling Road.

The fire station is on the entrance road to Poinciana Elementary School, and is shared by the East Naples and North Naples Fire Districts and Collier County Emergency Medical Services.

For additional information, please contact East Naples Fire Rescue spokesman Greg Speers by e-mail at enfdcrospeers@hotmail.com, or call the North Naples Fire Department at 597-3222.

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