Special for The Sun: “The prayer service is really a way of reminding everyone we lost that day, not just firefighters and police, but civilians and everyone,” said Pete Clifford, president of the 9/11 service at Community House in Moorestown.

The 200 Club of Burlington County invites residents to attend this year’s 9/11 prayer service at the Moorestown Community House on Sunday.

“The prayer service is really a way of reminding everyone we lost that day, not just firefighters and police, but civilians and everyone,” said Pete Clifford, prayer service chairman. and a member of Moorestown for 43 years. Firefighters.

“It’s not just what happened in New York,” he added. “It’s (what happened) in Pennsylvania and what happened in DC at the Pentagon. It’s that whole day that we remember.

The 200 Club of Burlington County is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers, whose primary mission is to provide financial assistance to the families of fallen or injured members of the State Police, County Police and city ​​police, or fire or emergency medical services serving Burlington County. .

Club support includes the awarding of scholarships, advanced training awards and recognition at an annual dinner.

“In 2007, the president of the 200 Club of Burlington County – I was vice president – came to me and said we should do something in remembrance of 9/11 – and the prayer service was born” , said Clifford, who added that a special guest speaker from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be present at the service.

“…What I’m trying to do as president is get somebody to speak who had an impact or was impacted that day,” Clifford explained. “…The mission of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation almost mirrors the 200 Club…I thought it would be something that members of the public would find very compelling.”

Clifford encourages community involvement in service.

“…I welcome everyone and everyone to come,” he noted. “…It’s not just the emergency services. I welcome townspeople and anyone who wants to come… Any way I can get the word out to remember those Americans who died that day is very, very important to me.

“Being a firefighter…I think it’s important because you hear a lot about the brotherhood of police and firefighters, and people have learned since 9/11 what that means,” he added.

“…There were a lot of firefighters – there were 343 firefighters who died that day – but it’s not just that. It was a horrible day that I never want to repeat, and again, if we don’t remember it, it will live again.

“He will be reborn.”

For more information on the 9/11 prayer service, visit https://www.200clubbc.org or the club’s Facebook page.