A ceremony to honor the fallen and wounded warriors, first responders and to welcome new citizens will be held this evening in Bellevue. Bill O’Donnell is the co-organizer of their 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and says this is the 16th annual event and their goal then and now is to provide a place of solace and remember.
About seven years ago organizers added a new component to the event. This evening, 23 new Americans will take their oath of citizenship. Over the years over 400 new citizens have taken the oath during the 9/11 ceremony.
The event includes the ringing of the Four Fives, the Thirteen Folds of the Flag honors and a roll call of our fallen heroes from Nebraska and western Iowa since 9/11.
O’Donnell says this ceremony offers an educational opportunity for parents and grandparents to teach young people about the events that unfolded on that tragic day and the importance of civics.
The ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m. at American Heroes Park on Mission Avenue near the Missouri River.