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Preparations underway for Tri-State 9/11 Tribute event

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This weekend is a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001 and folks in the small town of Lamar are doing just that.

The president of the 9/11 Tribute Foundation, Doug Harbour, says he's expecting thousands of people to come out for an event on Saturday. 

Like so many people, Harbour remembers what happened on September 11, 2001 as if it were only yesterday.

"It was a tremendous feeling of anguish and yet not knowing the full potential of what was going to take place that day…everyone should never forget what happened that day and this is what this whole thing is about."

Harbour is talking about the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute. It’s an event he started back in 2011.

"It's remembering 9/11 and honoring 9/11.”

It’s also to honor first responders and military personnel serving today.

"It's going to be quite a situation, quite a day.”

Saturday’s tribute will start with a parade ending at the Prowers County Fairgrounds.

"We'll have a fire truck that we own in Lamar that was at the Pentagon on 9/11."

That fire truck will be in memory of Colonel Charles Jones, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and this year’s grand marshal.

Harbour said, "He perished on September 11th when that first plane went into the tower."

Following the parade, ceremonies will be held at the fairgrounds.

People will also be invited to visit the Hall of Honor, a building filled with pictures, military memorabilia, and drawings.

“We have asked the children of this area and high school kids too, to enter pictures of their heroes either law enforcement...EMS or military…we're trying to teach our children to be patriotic again."

The whole event is to ensure that generations now, and those to come, will know and never forget.

Below is the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute schedule:

10 a.m. Parade – starting at Beech Street, south on 6th St. to Cedar St., west to 9th St., south on 9th to fairgrounds

10:30 a.m. Events start at the fairgrounds

11:00 a.m. Flag Retirement Ceremony in fairgrounds pavilion

11:30 a.m. Free Patriotic Concert in the arena

12:00 p.m. BBQ at fairgrounds: free to all first responders and armed forces past & present; $5 for all others

1:00 p.m. Formal Tribute Ceremony in fairgrounds arena

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. VA Readjustment Counseling Service Trailer at fairgrounds

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