Today will be 11 years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the crash of United Flight 93 in a Pennsylvania field.
Several remembrances are planned today. They include these.
Schools' observance: Approximately 150 students from Omaha North High School, King Science and Technology Magnet Center and Lothrop Magnet Elementary School will gather at Kountze Park at Florence Boulevard and Pratt Street. At 10 a.m., students will create a 24-by-48-foot pinwheel flag display. At 10:30 a.m., they will participate in a short ceremony that will include patriotic songs and student-selected readings. The event honors military members, firefighters and police officers who have served our nation.
At Sumtur Amphitheater: American Legion Post 373 will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance & Military Tribute at 6 p.m. at Sumtur Amphitheater, one-half mile south of 108th Street and Nebraska Highway 370 in Papillion. The patriotic event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to bring a can of food for a local food bank. The event will honor World War II veterans. The Rev. Gil Hill, a WWII veteran, will speak. Papillion-La Vista South Navy Junior ROTC will present the colors and the Q Street Quartet will sing patriotic songs.
At American Heroes Park: Bellevue's annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will return to its permanent home at the city's 9/11 Memorial. The 6 p.m. ceremony will take place at American Heroes Park, formerly known as Kramer Park, located on the north side of Nebraska Highway 370 across from Haworth Park (just west of the toll bridge). The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, honors the military members who have fought for our country and their families, those who died on 9/11 and the first responders who protect us daily. Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, the senior enlisted member of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, will speak. The Bennington Fire District will bring Nebraska's designated World Trade Center artifact for display. The event will include a ceremony in which 40 people will take the oath of U.S. citizenship, recognition of first responders and a roll call of fallen heroes from Nebraska and western Iowa. The Bellevue Kiwanis Club sponsors the ceremony.
Field of Remembrance at museum: The Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, Neb., will pay tribute to 9/11 victims with a special memorial display of 2,977 American flags, creating a Field of Remembrance. Each flag represents and honors an individual who perished during the terrorist attacks. This is the second year the Strategic Air & Space Museum has staged the display on its expansive front lawn. The Field of Remembrance will be displayed through Sept. 16.
At mission: Woodmen of the World Alpha Lodge and Lodge 16 will have an In Honor & Remembrance ceremony at the new Garland Thompson Men's Center, 2705 N. 20th St. East at the Open Door Mission. The noon ceremony will include presenting flags to the mission. Participants will be members of the Open Door Mission staff and representatives of Woodmen of the World Alpha Lodge and Lodge 16. Handheld flags will be given to all who attend.
On UNL Campus: The student government at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will have several activities in remembrance at the Nebraska Union, 14th and R Streets on the City Campus, or the Nebraska East Union, Arbor and Center Drives on the East Campus. All activities are open to the public. Today through Sept. 16, there will be a memorial wall displaying pictures and stories in each student union. Monday and Tuesday, flags will be placed in the ground on both campuses with each flag representing one fallen soldier from Nebraska. A Remembrance Ceremony will take place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Nebraska Union on the City Campus. Speakers will include the Rev. Brian Kane of the Nebraska National Guard and State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, who is a veteran.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with the World-Herald News Service