The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC) and the City of Vancouver invite the community to attend a special 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.
We must never forget. Twenty years ago, terrorists hijacked airplanes on September 11 to attack the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Everyone on board the three planes and nearly 3,000 people on the ground were killed. A fourth hijacked plane on its way to an unknown destination crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing everyone aboard. We honor those who paid the ultimate price and acknowledge the people who suffer from the aftereffects of the events that unfolded that day.
The Patriot Day Ceremony starts at 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Vancouver Waterfront Park, 695 Waterfront Way.
The ceremony will feature the Vancouver Fire and Police Honor Guard, musical performances, a ceremonial bell ringing, Vancouver Veterans of Foreign Wars rifle salute, a water spray display on the Columbia River by the Vancouver Fire Department’s fire boat Discovery, and a release of doves from a World War II PT boat on the river.
Guest speakers this year will be Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Chief Brennan Blue (Fire Department), Assistant Chief Troy Price (Vancouver Police Department), and Clark County Commissioner Eileen Quiring O’Brien.
“God Bless the USA” will be performed by Rey Reynolds. Also in attendance will be the Vancouver Community Concert Band and 204th Army Band.
There will be extra parking at Hudson’s Bay High School and C-Tran will run a Shuttle to and from the Waterfront.