Spe­cial guests

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The af­ter­noon will fea­ture a lun­cheon at the Golden Age Club, and a memo­rial ser­vice in the af­ter­noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

“We’re hav­ing a can­dle­light vigil for all res­cuers, fam­i­lies and sur­vivors,” said Stacey, adding the ser­vice will also in­clude a slideshow pre­sen­ta­tion.

The night wraps up with a so­cial at the US Memo­rial Hospi­tal.

Stacey said they are ex­pect­ing a good turn out for the events.

Among those con­firmed is Terry Phillips, the son of the late Dr. Lanier Phillips.

Lanier Phillips was the last know sur­vivor of the dis­as­ter.

Stacey said that next month’s events is just the first of many be­ing held through 2017.

“The 75th an­niver­sary is not only about that one- week event it is go­ing to be a full year.

“We’ll be hav­ing dif­fer­ent things like open houses in May, and pre­sen­ta­tions and sto­ry­telling from May to Au­gust. This is not just a one week event.”

The com­mit­tee has re­ceived fund­ing from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to help plan events for the whole year.

Mayor Paul Pike laid a wreath on be­half of the town dur­ing last year’s ec­u­meni­cal ser­vice in St. Lawrence com­mem­o­rat­ing the Trux­tun and Pol­lux dis­as­ter.

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