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9/11 Tribute to be held in Lamar

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Lamar is getting ready to host the annual Tri-State 9/11 Tribute event the weekend of September 9, 2017.

The annual event grew from a small event to raise awareness in the community into an entire non-profit that now includes a parade and all day community event. The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and will start at Beech Street, head south on 6th Street to Cedar Street, turn west to 9th Street, back south on 9th Street and to the fairgrounds.

This year's Grand Marshall in Memorium is Col. Charles Jones. He was aboard Flight 11, the first airplane to hit the Twin Towers on 9/11. Col. Jones graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1974 and joined the USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer program years later in 1982 after completing more schooling. He was scheduled for a spaceflight that was canceled after the Challenger disaster. At the time of the terror attack, he was retired and living in Massachusetts.

Members of his family reached out to the 9/11 Tribute board and he will be featured on a fire truck in the parade. Some of his family members will be on hand as well. The Fort Carson Mounted Honor Guard, the 4th Infantry Division Marching Band and both the Lamar High School and Middle School marching bands will also feature in the parade.

Events at the fairgrounds will start at 10:30 a.m. and will include vendors and information booths for veterans and to show the community what first responders mean to them. Lunch will be free to all first responders and military members and will be $5 for all others.

There will be a formal tribute ceremony at 1:00 p.m. to honor all heroes in the fairground arena. 

This year, from 11;00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the VA Readjustment Counseling Service trailer will be set up at the fairgrounds. To set up an appointment call Gary Harbert, the local VSO at 719-336-2606. There may be walk-in appointments available. 

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:00 a.m.-- Parade starts at Beech Street
  • 10:30 a.m.-- Events begin at fairgrounds
  • 11:00 a.m.-- Flag retirement ceremony in the pavilion
  • 11:30 a.m.-- Concert by 4th Infantry Division Band
  • 12:00 p.m.-- BBQ, free to all first responders and armed forces past and present. $5 for all others
  • 1:00 p.m.-- Formal tribute ceremony in fairgrounds arena
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