Annual 9/11 memorial service moved to Palmetto's Sutton Park

mvalverde@bradenton.comSeptember 7, 2012 

MANATEE -- This year's memorial service to honor the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be moved from Bradenton to Palmetto's Sutton Park.

The "Tribute to Heroes' Memorial Service" will start at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 and is being hosted by the Manatee County Fire Chiefs Association.

"This gives everybody the opportunity to remember and reflect back and recognize the men and women who lost their lives," said Bradenton Fire Chief Charles Edwards. The event also recognizes local public safety officers, he said.

There will not be a luncheon this year accompanying the memorial service.

The event was moved from its usual =Rossi Waterfront Park location to Palmetto due to the construction going on at the Riverwalk. Next year, the service will be moved back to Bradenton, Edwards said.

All Manatee County residents are invited to attend the memorial service, which will include guest speakers from different branches of military service, police and fire departments, and emergency medical services. The event lasts about an hour and generally 200-250 people attend, according to Edwards.

"It's really important. It's something I look forward to every year," he said.

There are several retired public safety officers from New York who now live in Bradenton and go to the memorial service, said Edwards.

Palmetto's Sutton Park is at 600 10th Ave. W.

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