Austin to remember 9-11

Published 10:23 am Friday, September 7, 2012

The newest addition to the Veteran’s Memorial is unveiled Sunday during a Patriot’s Day Ceremony.

Austin is ensuring the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, will not be forgotten this year.

Two special events are planned, starting with an early Patriot Day program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

Veterans Memorial Committee Chair Norm Hecimovich, American Legion Post 91 Commander Rollie Hanson, pastor Dale Christiansen and many Austinites will contribute to a special ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Austin.

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Beginning at 2 p.m., Hecimovich will welcome guests, and will be followed by an invocation, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic talk, military salute and more. All local veterans service organizations will be on hand, and a time to discuss the 880 pavers now sitting at the memorial will end the program.

Then, on Patriot Day next Tuesday, Austin will remember 9-11 with a special proclomation for its newest military and veteran service organization: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a network of volunteers and former military people who can help local military families in times of need — nearly regardless of the need. The program will coincide with Tuesday on Main at 6 p.m. on Main Street and Second Avenue N. Information about BYTR and those who are serving it will be on hand throughout the evening.