North Coast residents and guests are invited to the Veterans Memorial Building flag stand at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, for a short service commemorating the sacrifices of those who died on that date in 2001 during the attacks on America, and first responders who have died since then while serving their country.
The remembrance ceremony will be at the Veterans Memorial Building parking lot near the corner of Main Street and Cambria Drive (1000 Main St.). As always, the event is hosted by Sons of American Legion Post No. 432 and the Legion Post itself.
A free hot dog-and-burger barbecue for all, with salads by the Legion Auxiliary, follows the service.
Organizers want the long-lasting legacy of the 2001 attacks to be respect and appreciation for first responders who rush toward danger and life-threatening situations, trying to save the lives of others.
According to event coordinator Steve Kniffen, some 400 first responders were killed during the attacks on America. “Their actions that day should serve as a shining example to future generations … that some among us are willing to lay down their lives for a fellow neighbor they don’t even know.”
A flier for this year’s event notes that the Legion “is dedicated to remembering the sacrifices on that poignant day, by honoring the lives of the subsequent first responders who have also made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country since that day.”
The memorial “is a great event,” Kniffen has said for years, “perfect for young kids, as the ceremony is short, the food is free, and everyone will still get home in time for bed.”