Nebraskans will celebrate America’s military might this weekend, and then pause to remember the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
Gov. Heineman has proclaimed this week Navy Week in conjunction with several other states and cities throughout the United States to focus public attention on the work of the Navy in protecting America. The proclamation ceremony also provided a platform to preview The Guardians of Freedom Air Show, being held in Lincoln this weekend.
The air show features the famous Navy Blue Angels. It is sponsored by the Nebraska National Guard, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Airport Authority. Admission is free. Gates open at 9:30am both Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, the air show will commemorate 9-11, honoring those who died on that day and those in the military who have died in the wars that day launched.
Nebraska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Bob Stevenson stated the tie-in is appropriate.
“Amidst all of this thrills and fun, of course, we will solemnly pause to honor the tenth anniversary of the attacks of 9-11, a decade of war and our own Guard’s fallen warriors,” Stevenson said during a ceremony held in the governor’s Capitol office. “They will never be forgotten. Their sacrifice will never be in vein. Not as long as we have breath.”
Nebraska Adjutant General Judd Lyons said much has happened over the past decade.
“Patriot Day this year marks a decade of conflict, deployments and operations of an unprecedented scale for the National Guard,” according to Lyons. “In those ten years, we’ve also experienced virtues of greatness which makes America and Nebraska so special.”
Those virtues, as expressed by Lyons, include hard work, caring and perseverance.
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce president, Wendy Birdsall, estimated that the air show would attract between 250,000 to 300,000 people over the two days and said the air show combined with the Nebraska Cornhusker football game Saturday night would have a $10 million impact on the city.