For immediate release - September 1, 2011
Special Event to Mark Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11 and to Honor Leesburg Marine Michael Bock
Sept. 11, 2001, forever shaped the spirit of America. That date also marked the 18th birthday of Leesburg High School student Michael Bock, who was moved by the tragic events to join the U.S. Marine Corps.
Bock served two tours of duty each in Iraq and in Afghanistan. He became a decorated soldier recognized for his unwavering dedication. He died at age 26 on Aug. 13, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan’s embattled Helmand province. He later received the prestigious Silver Star – the nation’s third-highest recognition for combat valor.
The City of Leesburg will remember the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11 with special recognition to Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Bock. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Fountain Lake Park, 600 W. Meadow St. across from Leesburg City Hall.
The public is invited to commemorate nearly 3,000 lives lost in the attacks ten years ago. We salute our police, fire and other first responders as well as military service people like Michael Bock who make the ultimate sacrifice to honor our country.
Guest speakers include State Rep. Larry Metz, Leesburg Mayor Bill Polk, retired Navy Capt. Jerry Sexsmith, Marine Chaplain Steve Stephens and Chris Caudill, Leesburg police officer, former Marine sergeant and Bock’s Leesburg High classmate. The Army National Guard will conduct a 21-gun salute, and two members of the Leesburg High School Band will perform. Veterans groups, state and local governments also will be represented.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.