9/11 remembrance tonight at American Heroes Park

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 am

Bellevue’s 11th annual remembrance of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at American Heroes Park.

The ceremony, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bellevue, will include a citizenship ceremony where 30 people will take the oath of citizenship.

It will also include recognition of emergency first responders and a roll call of those military personnel from Nebraska and western Iowa who were killed in action in various wars.

Bill O’Donnell, a Kiwanis board member and an organizer of the memorial, said that while the memorial honors the memory of those who died in New York City 12 years ago it is also intended to honor all those who have died in defense of the United States of America.

“The primary objective in creating the memorial in 2002 was to create a place for people, especially families of fallen warriors, to come and find a place of solace,” he said, in a press release.

“We hope to provide another step in the closure process for families who have lost a loved one, but it’s also intended as a recommitment to the ideals and values that make America a shining beacon of hope in the world.”

American Heroes Park is located on the north side of Mission Avenue near the Bellevue bridge directly north of Haworth Park.

O’Donnell said a fundraising campaign will begin later this year to raise money to enhance the memorial.

The goal is to raise about $40,000 to build a black granite display listing the names of fallen soldiers, benches for visitors, a sprinkler system and rose beds, and a marker reading “Never Forget.”

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