Sunset Beach ceremony marks anniversary of 9-11

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LOWER TOWNSHIP – The township will mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks next Wednesday at Sunset Beach. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Marvin Hume, a World War II veteran nationally recognized for leading flag ceremonies at Sunset Beach during the summer months, will run the event, which is expected to last about an hour.

Last year’s ceremony drew more than 200 participants.

Mayor Michael Beck acted as master of ceremonies, introducing speakers and recognizing military member, veterans’ groups, and local emergency response personnel. Fire companies from Cape May Point, West Cape May, Villas, Town Bank and Erma were on hand with trucks and firefighters, as were members of the Lower Township Police Department.

VFW Post 5343, Villas, provided the honor guard. A small formation of Coast Guard recruits attended, accompanied by Lt. Cmdr. Scott Rae, the Training Center’s regimental commander. Rae is scheduled to speak again this year, along with West Cape Mayor Pam Kaither, Cape May Point Mayor Carl Schupp and Beck.

The Red Knights, an international firefighter’s motorcycle club, is once again scheduled to attend.

The casket flag of Paul Pansini, a New York City Engine Company 10 firefighter who lost his life at the World Trade Center, will be flown during the ceremony. Pansini, 34 at the time of his death, responded to the call on Engine No. 26.

Pansini’s widow, Janice, their three children, Paul, Anna and Claire, and extended family members attended the ceremony last year, which concluded with a bugler sounding taps as the flag was lowered.

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