Mahaska County Community hosting memorial observance for 20th anniversary of 9/11 events

The flag that flew over Ground Zero by Musco is flying once again for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The flag that flew over Ground Zero by Musco flew for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and once again for the 20th Anniversary.

“Never Forget”

Community members and visitors who wish to pay their respects to the Americans who lost their lives due to the events of September 11, 2001 will have the opportunity to view a field of flags representing the victims during the Mahaska County 9/11 Observance.

The 2,977 flags – one for each victim – will be placed as a memorial on the historic town square in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The public is welcome to visit and learn more about the events of that tragic day through informational banners and volunteers who will share their memories and experiences.

The memorial will be continuously open from 5 p.m. Thursday, September 9 through 5 p.m. Sunday, September 12. Volunteers will be on-hand throughout the day and night to maintain a community vigil.

The Mahaska County community has unique connections to the day when terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and used them as weapons to attack America. Oskaloosa-based Musco Lighting provided temporary lighting for recovery operations at two of the crash sites: The World Trade Center in New York City, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The company also provided lighting for the memorial service in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. American flags flown over the sites from the masts of the Musco Lighting trucks are still kept in Oskaloosa, and the flag that was flown over Ground Zero in New York City will be flown over the Oskaloosa Square.

“September 11, 2001 was 20 years ago, and so many in our nation feel a lasting impact from that day,” said Oskaloosa Chief of Police Benjamin Boeke. “Those of us who were in public service at the time remember with great pride how the nation came together to support their neighbors and their public servants. We are honored that our community is providing a place to remember those we lost and heroes’ actions throughout our nation. We are thankful that Mahaska County will have an opportunity to gather as a community, to remember and learn from that historic day.”

Committee member Frank Kminek lost his sister, Mari-Rae Sopper, who was a passenger on the plane that was crashed into the Pentagon. “20 years have passed, and I can still feel the emotions. What’s also amazing is that children who were born in 2001 are now young adults and have no memory of that day. This event will help them understand the impact 9/11 had on our nation.”

In addition to the memorial event, the Mahaska Community is invited to perform acts of service in memory of 9/11 and share those with the public via the committee’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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