Twice on Sunday, local officials will honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in the attack on America a decade ago.
City and county officials will honors the victims of the 9/11 attacks at an event on Sunday morning at the downtown station of the Great Bend Fire Department and there will also be a county wide observation at noon.
Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said the public is welcome to attend the short commemoration at 8:45 a.m. Sunday in front of the station at 12th and Williams.
Great Bend will join with other departments all around the nation for the simple recognition of that event. “We did not want the day to go without doing something,” he said, adding the observation will be brief and will be held outside the station.
Then at noon, sirens, bells and storm alerts will be sounded, in conjunction with similar efforts all across the nation at that time.
County Communications Director Doug Hubbard said everyone is encouraged to participate at that moment. “The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling on all Americans to participate in a Moment of Remembrance on Sept. 11.
“For one minute, media outlets, houses of worship, military organizations, veterans organizations, airlines, airports, railroads, sports teams, the federal government, state and local governments, emergency responders, educational institutions, businesses and other public and private institutions throughout the country will sound sirens and bells in a signal to each of us to stop and remember the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of September 11, 2001.”
The Barton County Commission approved a county resolution designating that observation.