Community to Hold 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration
As the 20-year anniversary approaches of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on
the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and United Flight 93, citizens of Clinton County and the surrounding area will remember Patriot Day with a commemorative service at the Freedom Trees Site on Saturday, September 11, at 8:30 a.m.
The Freedom Trees Site is located at the junction of Millcreek Parkway and Main Avenue in Clinton. Clinton Trees Forever planted trees and created this living legacy to honor victims of 9/11. A permanent memorial plaque in front of the flag poles reads, “A visible symbol of life and hope that reminds us of our nation’s enduring strength and lasting tribute to those who lost their life that day.”
Since September 11, 2001, one-year, five-year, ten-year, and fifteen-year remembrance ceremonies have been held at the site.
The public is invited to attend this year’s 20th anniversary commemorative event. Clinton Fire and Police Department Color Guards will present the American flag. The River City Municipal Band will provide music along with local singers.
Mayor Scott Maddasion will provide a welcome and Rev. Ron Lott will lead the opening prayer. The American, State of Iowa, and Tree City USA 30-year flags will be raised during the ceremony.
Chuck Wehrli, retired Fire Captain from Naperville, Illinois, will provide the keynote address. Chuck was mobilized to respond to the terrorist attack in New York City. He will share thoughts about his experience at Ground Zero and the positive things that have come out of that day of terror.
A traditional bell ceremony will be conducted by the Clinton Fire Department Honor Guard in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The local AMVETS Post will perform a 21-Gun Salute and Bill Hall will play Taps.
Seating is limited so feel free to bring a lawn chair. This event is free and open to all area communities. Parking will be available at Eagle Heights Elementary School with a shuttle provided by the Clinton MTA.
Please come and be a part of this important patriotic event!