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Ground Zero Volunteer to Speak at 9/11 Ceremony

Public Date: 9/9/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- Franklin-Bingham Fire Chief Tony Averbuch, who volunteered at the site of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks a decade ago, will speak at Oakland County’s 9/11 remembrance ceremony hosted by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. The service begins at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 11 in front of the West Wing annex of the Oakland County Courthouse located at 1200 North Telegraph in Pontiac.

In addition, a large commemorative American flag will drape the annex in full view of Telegraph Road in honor of those killed in the terrorist attacks.

“This American flag will be Oakland County’s way of saying to America ‘We remember,’” said Patterson. “The solemn observance will be our opportunity to honor real American heroes.”

The ceremony will include the color guard from Boy Scout Troop 51 in Waterford; an invocation, moment of silence and reading of names of Michigan 9/11 victims by the Rev. Kent Clark, chief executive officer of Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac; Jennifer and Royce, National Anthem regulars at Detroit Pistons home games, will sing the “Star Spangled Banner;” and the musical group Men of Grace will sing “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful.”

The ceremony is expected to last about 30 minutes; Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard’s annual Michigan Fallen Heroes Ceremony to commemorate the names of Michigan police officers and fire fighters who have lost their lives in the past year will immediately follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Site on the Oakland County government campus.

The public is invited to attend both events. There is public parking just south of the Oakland County Courthouse and throughout the government campus.

Planning information for media only:
If you plan to preview the event, you may get pictures of the flag which already hanging on the West Wing annex. Media may park in the closed lot in front of the West Wing annex of the Oakland County Courthouse in the spaces adjacent to the street. A multbox will be available. The on-site contact will be Bill Mullan. His cell is 248.202.9668. It is recommended media arrive at 1:30 p.m.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer,at (248) 858-1048.