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September 11, 2015

Belleville Residents Raise money for 9/11 Memorial

The City of Belleville will hold a ceremony Friday to remember the 9/11 attacks. The event comes as the city continues to raise funds to build a permanent 9/11 memorial in town.

Friday's ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Belleville Firehouse 4 at 1125 So. Illinois Street.

A 7,000-pound steel column from the World Trade Center will also be on view for the public to see.

However, for the last five years, there's actually been an effort in town to put that column on display in a permanent memorial.

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A local committee has tried to raise about $500,000 for that memorial, but has only been able to take in about $100,000 so far.

But, that hasn't stopped Belleville residents. There will be several fundraisers in town to collect money for the memorial in the future.

On September 13, a 5K Run & Walk will take place at Hough Park, near North 3rd and West C streets. Sign up begins at 7 a.m. The walk will begin at 9:11 a.m.

Then a golf tournament will happen September 25th at Orchard's Golf Course along Green Mount Road. Sign up begins at 11 a.m. and will start at 12 p.m.

Finally, some rounds of Cosmic Bingo will be played at the Elk's Lodge on 1481 South Illinois Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m.