9/11 – Never Forget

The picture above is an artist’s rendering of the base of the monument that will be unveiled Sunday on the Southwest Corner of the Henry County Courthouse Lawn.  Atop the base will be a piece of steel from the World Trade Center.  Below is a copy of the press release providing more detail about the unveiling ceremony.  If you are around Clinton at 2:00 pm Sunday I would encourage you to attend the unveiling ceremony.  The tragic events of 09/11/01 continue to elicit emotion in many of us and the ceremony will be moving.  I’ve been honored to have been asked to MC the event and say a few words as a part of the program.  One day next week I will post my speech on the blog.

You can “click” on the image above for a better few.  The granite base has the name of everyone who lost their life on the day of the attack etched in the stone as a tribute.  The ceremony Sunday will remember those who lost their lives that day and honor the first responders who protect us each and every day.

“Never Forget” Monument for Downtown Clinton

Most adults today can tell you exactly where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.  It is an important date in American history, just as Dec. 7, 1941 and Nov. 26, 1963 are.  It is the date that Americans were attacked on American soil and over 3000 lives were lost.

Clinton, MO, is a long way from New York City but nevertheless, we will never forget our feelings, our anger, our despair and sadness.  People wanted to know what they could do to help.  Thanks to a number of youth in our community, we will now have a monument on the Henry County Courthouse Lawn that says we will “Never Forget.”

The new monument will be unveiled and dedicated at a ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2011 on the tenth anniversary of the attack of the World Trade Center towers.  The monument was initiated by student-led groups START, Rotary Interact and Youth Empowerment Program, as well as their adult advisors.

 START President (at the time) Bethany VanWinkle contacted the September 11th Families Association in early 2010 to request a section of steel from the twin towers to be used as a centerpiece of the monument.  The memorial, a tribute to public safety workers everywhere, will also have a granite “wall,” a small courtyard and benches surrounding the steel which will be on a center pedestal.

 The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony in downtown Clinton at 2 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.  Please bring your lawn chairs as a large crowd is expected.  The ceremony will include the Clinton High School Band, JROTC Color Guard, Clinton Elks Lodge Flag, and guest speaker Col. Rob Spalding, USAF Commander, 509th Operations Group, Whiteman AFB, who will give his perspective at the time of the attack, ten years ago. 

Funding for the “Never Forget” memorial is through the Clinton Memorial Fund.  If you would like to make a donation, please make your check to Clinton Memorial Fund and send to 200 S. Main,Clinton, MO 64735

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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1 Response to 9/11 – Never Forget

  1. Mark Pearce says:

    The Henry County 9/11 Memorial is a wonderful project for the community and for the state.

    As District Governor-Elect for the Rotary organization I am VERY proud of your community’s START (Interact) organization, which helped to spearhead the project; and I am spreading the word about their accomplishment.

    The whole project makes me proud to be an American…and a Rotarian.

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