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9/11 memorial service returns to DeWitt in 2013

Elaine Lostumbo (right) leads a small remembrance memorial service at the DeWitt 9/11 memorial in 2012.

Elaine Lostumbo (right) leads a small remembrance memorial service at the DeWitt 9/11 memorial in 2012. File photo

— The main event this year will be the presentation of the patches. Each fire department, police department and a few area EMT/paramedic organizations have donated a patch (worn by the members of the departments) that will be presented at the memorial during the service. Additionally, Lostumbo was able to come across a patch from the NYPD, which was given to her by a New York City Police Investigator, whom she met at the DeWitt 9/11 memorial.

“He sat next to me on the bench and we started talking, and he told me he worked for the New York Police Department and was there on 9/11,” she said. “We ended up meeting up later to exchange pictures, and he gave me the newest patch from the NYPD, which has the twin towers on it. That patch will go into the memorial this year.”

She also acquired a patch from a fire department in New York, which will also go into the memorial, along with the patches from local departments. A month after 9/11, Lostumbo bought a bracelet from Macy’s, which was engraved with the name of a firefighter killed during the attack; her bracelet had the name of Bruce Gary. A few years after she bought the bracelet, Lostumbo traveled to Gary’s department in New York, where she was given a tour and the department’s patch.

All of the patches will go into a display box, which will be placed on the memorial during the ceremony. The next day, the patches will be put on display in the DeWitt Town Hall as a way to represent all of the people who protect the Eastern suburbs each day.

Some of the other additions to this year’s ceremony include musical entertainment by the ESM High School band, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by J-D High School student Maggie Austin and the inclusion of three religious faiths. There will be a rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Protestant minister present at the memorial service. Prominent members from many of the area’s police and fire departments will be on hand to speak at the service as well.

The 2013 9/11 memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the DeWitt 9/11 Monument, 5400 Butternut Drive on Sept. 11.

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