PHOTOS: Lander City Fire Hall 20th anniversary 9/11 memorial

(Lander, WY) – The American Legion Don Stough Post 33 and the VFW Post 954 held a memorial on Saturday, September 11th, to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

The service, which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the attacks, was held at the Lander City Fire Hall, and was hosted by House District 54 RepresentativeLloyd Larsen.

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House District 54 Representative Lloyd Larsen addresses the crowd. County 10 photo.

The memorial began with the sound of sirens for one minute, followed by a Classic Air Medical helicopter fly-over.

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Classic Air Medical helicopter fly-over. County 10 photo.
Frontier Ambulance helicopter fly-over. County 10 photo.

After Rep. Larsen addressed the crowd, he then recognized the pulpit members, which consisted of Fremont County Commissioners Mike Jones and Jennifer McCarty, Lander Mayor Monte Richardson, Lander Police Chief Scott Peters, and Lander Rural Fire Battalion Commander Trent Jones.

Lander Rural Fire Battalion Commander Trent Jones, Mayor Monty Richardson, Police Chief Scott Peters. County 10 photo.
County Commissioners Mike Jones and Jennifer McCarty listen to House District 54 Representative Lloyd Larsen’s speech. County 10 photo.

This was followed by the presentation of the colors, and a performance of the National Anthem by Patty and Kasi Hessling.

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The flag is set in place. County 10 photo.

As Representative Larsen continued his speech, he could barely fight back the tears when it was time to honor the military members and emergency responders in the audience.

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All active and former military members were asked to stand to be honored. County 10 photo.

To cap off the event, Fremont County Sheriff Dept. Chaplin Phil Holder gave the closing prayer benediction, followed by a rifle salute and the playing of Taps.

Fremont County Sheriff Department Chaplin Phil Holder reads the closing prayer. County 10 photo.
Rifle salute. County 10 photo.
The playing of Taps. County 10 photo.

Attendees were also encouraged to observe the two flags hanging from the firehall wall, which had the names of the citizens and emergency responders who lost and gave their lives in the attack.

On one flag is listed the names of those whose lives were taken by the three attacks on 9/11, and the second flag honors the names of all the first responders who gave their lives. County 10 photo.

To hear more about how the event was put together, check out the KOVE Coffee Time interview with memorial organizer Bruce Gallinger.

Memorial organizer Gallinger also wanted to thank David Harrenga for handling the organization of the first responder units present at the event.

For all of County 10’s 9/11 event coverage, click here.

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