(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.
The memorial began with the sound of sirens for one minute, followed by a Classic Air Medical helicopter fly-over.
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.
This was followed by the presentation of the colors, and a performance of the National Anthem by Patty and Kasi Hessling.
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.
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.
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.
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.