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2005 Media Releases

August 26, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Keith Fickenscher, Veterans Memorial Garden, 486-8570

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2004 Patriot Day Pictures

Mayor Announces Plans For "Patriot Day - Lincoln Remembers"
Congressman Osborne to speak; AVI8ORS singing group to perform

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today invited Lincoln area residents to observe the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America by attending “Patriot Day – Lincoln Remembers,” a free community memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. This year’s event will feature a keynote address by U.S. Representative Tom Osborne and a concert by the AVI8ORS ensemble, an eight-person group which presents a USO-style show featuring songs of the World War II era.

“In designating September 11 as ‘Patriot Day,’ the U.S. Congress asked local governments to observe the day with appropriate programs,” said Mayor Seng. “It is important that we continue to observe this date so that we never forget the victims and heroes of that day. The Veterans Memorial Garden is a beautiful setting to also honor those who serve and have served in the military.”

The program is being organized by the City of Lincoln and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Veterans Memorial Garden. Pre-program music by Lincoln Pipe and Drum will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the public is encouraged to arrive early to tour the Garden and its memorials. Other speakers include Mayor Seng; Keith Fickenscher, Chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Veterans Memorial Garden; and Lynn Castrianno, whose brother Leonard Castrianno was killed at the World Trade Center. The National Anthem will be sung by Zuri. The AVI8ORS concert begins at 2:30 p.m.

Bench seating will be available, but those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Parking is available north and south of the Auld Recreation Center. Handicapped parking is available south of Auld. In case of rain the event will move inside the Auld Recreation Center. More information on the AVI8ORS is available at For more information on the Patriot Day observance, contact the Mayor’s Office at 441-7511 or see the City Web site at

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