Ceremony in Cheyenne to Honor Victims of 9/11
Governor Gordon announced that he will join the Wyoming Veterans Commission on behalf of the Wyoming Military Department and other state and local agencies to hold a wreath-laying ceremony to in remembrance of September 11.
The event will honor the victims who died on that day; 2,997 men, women, and children.
According to a release from the Governor's office, the ceremony will take place at the State Capitol and it is open to the public. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m.
Governor Gordon, along with The Adjutant General MG Greg Porter and Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Lynn Budd will be appearing. Wreaths will be laid at approximately 7:40 a.m.
The release states that moments of silence will be held to coincide with the timing of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 174 hitting the north and south towers of the World Trade Center, as well as American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The ceremony will include performances from the Cheyenne All-City Children's Chorus and the Wyoming Fire Service Combined Pipes and Drums from the Casper Fire-EMS Department and the Lander Fire Department.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol will post colors.
“Twenty years after that devastating day that every American who was alive that day remembers, we witnessed the American People's resolve and the best of our spirit even in a time of tragedy,” Governor Gordon said. “We remember that day and honor all those who sacrificed so much, who answered the call, and who continue to ensure the world remembers there is no better friend, no worse enemy than the people of the United States of America. It is right that we honor all those this day and that in so doing we can affirm that all that day cost us has not been in vain.”
The releases asks that organizations wanting to place a wreath for the ceremony, or those seeking additional information should contact the Wyoming Veterans Commission at 307-777-8152 by Thursday, September 9.
“This event will preserve the memories of the lives lost and serve as remembrance of those who responded to this awful act of terrorism,” Tim Sheppard, Wyoming Veterans Commission Director said. “We vowed to never forget, and on this day we will remember.”
On this day, we will remember.