HAMILTON — Memorial services will be held on Monday in Missoula and Stevensville to honor civilians, fire fighters and other heroes who died at the hands of terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
The United Veterans Council (UVC) of Missoula and Ravalli Counties are hosting the 16th annual “Never Forget” service at 7 p.m. on Monday at Rose Memorial Garden Park at the Vietnam Memorial Rose Park in Missoula.
The services commemorate the loss of 2,986 civilian men, women and children at the hands of 19 terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. More than 4,000 small American flags representing those who died and other victims of terrorists will be planted before the service by the United Veteran's Council and Missoula Exchange Club.
Honor and color guards participating in the annual ceremony may include American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 209, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Montana, and Missoula Civil Air Patrol.
The United Veteran's Council and Missoula Exchange Club will honor those who died and retired firefighter Tom Zeigler will read the names of his friends who were New York City firefighters that died that day.
The Celtic Dragon Pipe Band will play bagpipes, Navy veteran Tim Gress will play taps and a bell belonging to a Korean veteran will ring out at the end of the service.
The “Never Forget” service was hosted by college student Ali Harrison at the University of Montana in 2002 and 2003 but has since been hosted by UVC at Rose Memorial Garden Park.
Earlier Monday, the Stevensville Fire Department is hosting its seventh annual 9/11 memorial service that begins with a silent emergency vehicle procession on Main Street at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service and Ceremony at 11 a.m. in Veterans Park, Eastside Highway.
“It’s amazing to see the community taking time out of their daily lives to pay respect to the heroes and victims we lost in 2001,” said Brandon Dewey, a fire department administrative assistant. “In light of the fire season this year, this event brings the sacrifices that our men and women in public safety put on the line everyday into the foreground and really puts things into perspective.
"We are extraordinarily lucky to trust these folks with the safety of our communities.”
After the ceremony, the American Legion, Post No. 94, is sponsoring lunch at the fire station.
For more information, contact Dewey at 406-777-5271, Ext. 106 or email@example.com.