There are a number of ceremonies around the heartland today as we remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. At 11 this morning there was a wreath laying at the Firefighter Memorial along Omaha’s riverfront. Congressman Don Bacon joined the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association in remembering the many victims of the tragic events.
Congressman Bacon says, “Today we also remember the 6,715 service men and women who subsequently lost their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, other areas of the Middle East and Africa that were sent to destroy al Qaida and the Taliban and those who wish us harm. Taking the fight there so they don’t come over here and do the same. Today we remember those Gold Star families who lost loved ones that left a hole in their lives that will not be filled. Today we salute the one percent of our country that wear the uniform overseas defending us from nuclear attack, space, cyber to defend our nation to wherever our country sends them. We salute the firefighters and the law enforcement who defend us everyday around our homes.”
Other dignitaries that attended the wreath laying included Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen and Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.
Bellevue will hold their 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at 6 p.m. at American Heroes Park east of Old Towne. The event includes the Roll Call of our Fallen Heroes from Nebraska and western Iowa with cadets from Bellevue East and West Jr. ROTC units. Emergency first responders will be recognized with the Ringing of the Four Fives. VFW Post 10785 will conduct the Thirteen Folds of the Flag ceremony to honor the patriotic sprit of Americans who have served in uniform. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration service will also swear in 41 new American citizens.