Bellevue’s annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, which honors fallen and wounded warriors, members of the military, first responders, and new citizens, will again take place at American Heroes Park at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 11th. The Kiwanis Club of Bellevue sponsors the ceremony. The park is located on the north side of Mission Ave. across from Haworth Park (just before the toll bridge).
The main part of the ceremony, and the reason we hold the event, is the Roll Call of our Fallen Heroes from Nebraska and Western Iowa with cadets from Bellevue East and West Jr ROTC units honoring each fallen warrior with a military salute as members of VFW Post 10785 read the names, branch of service, and home town. It is our commitment that each of their names will always be spoken so that there memory lives in us and challenges us to live our lives to the highest standards.
Another element of the ceremony is recognition of our emergency first responders with the Ringing of the Four Fives. VFW Post 10785 will conduct the Thirteen Folds of the Flag ceremony to honor the patriotic spirit of Americans who have served in uniform. The US Citizenship & Immigration Service will also swear in 41 new American citizens.
This ceremony honors the men and women and their families who have courageously fought for our country as well as the lives lost on that tragic day in 2001 and the first responders – firefighters, EMTs, and law enforcement -- who protect us every day. We will also be honoring our Wounded Warriors and their families, who struggle daily to live complete and fulfilling lives, despite their challenges.
“The primary objective in creating the memorial in 2002 was to create a place for people, especially families of fallen warriors, to come and find a place of solace and a reminder that those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten,” according to O’Donnell. “It’s also intended as a recommitment to the ideals and values that make America a shining beacon of hope in the world.”
For More Information, Contact the project chairs: Bill or Barb O’Donnell, Kiwanis Club of Bellevue at 402-933-0866 (office) or 402-292-3387 (home).