Point Beach to hold 9/11 remembrance ceremony

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH — This Saturday Point Pleasant Beach will honor all those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a Never Forget Memorial Ceremony at the bandshell at Baltimore and Arnold avenue at 8:30 a.m. 

“We are coming up on the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 and I want to make sure we are paying homage to that appropriately, so [borough administrator] Christine [Riehl] has been hard at work and we have been working together on a ceremony befitting of that horrible day and the events and sacrifices made,” Mayor Paul Kanitra said during a recent meeting of the borough council.

“We lost people here in town and one of those individual’s sons, a gentleman I went to school with, is going to be at the event speaking. We have some different speakers set so we have a nice program that is going to occur.

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“It is going to recognize the moments when the towers were hit so I encourage everybody in town to come to the bandshell, pay their respects. I think it is very important that people come and listen and hear what happened and hear the personal stories so we never forget.”

In addition to the memorial ceremony, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, a Rock Our Vets program will be held at Ocean County Music, 619 Arnold Ave., benefiting Vietnam Veterans of America Shore Area Chapter 12.

“What happened was back on Memorial Day I put out my father’s medals and flag and Greg [Kucharewski, of VVA 12] just happened to come into the store and see it and so we started talking and he was saying how they need help … so I said let’s put something together and let’s have some sort of a benefit for them here at the store,” said Ocean County Music owner Mike Corona.

“We went around town and collected donations and everybody was willing to give … so everybody is really into it because we have to help these guys, especially with what is going on now with Afghanistan. These are the older vets and they are helping the newer vets coming over home now with PTSD, so it is a great organization.

“They have some great programs that they do … and I think we will definitely have a good crowd when we hold this on Saturday. They really need help and really need support now, especially in these times. The idea is just to get these guys some money so they can keep on doing the great job they are doing. I am looking forward to it.”

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