It was one of the darker days in American history as attacks at multiple locations in the United States brought the reality of terrorism to the homeland. Hijacked plans were flown into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. while another passenger airline crashed near Shanksvilla, Penn. More than 2,900 perished that fateful day, including 343 firefighters and 72 police officers.
Now, in recognition of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, a series of activities and events are planned for Sept. 11 of this year in Perry County, in hopes of honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 and those who rose in service as a result of that tragedy.
“It’s a chance to recapture the spirit of unity,” said Dianna Koenig, who serves as the advisor for Teen Council.
Glen Morgan will present two lights shining skyward, reminiscent of the 9/11 memorial in New York City, at the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial.
Local schools were given coloring contest information earlier this week. The picture is of a bald eagle in front of an American flag. The coloring contest sheets also will be available at the Perryville and Altenburg branches of Riverside Regional Library.
Any third through eighth grade student is eligible to enter, including home-schooled children.
The contest, co-sponsored by 4-H and Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial, concludes Wednesday, Sept. 8, and a series of monetary prizes will be awarded.
The completed coloring sheets will be on display at the veterans memorial military museum through Sept. 18.
In addition, plans are in place for a 9/11 memory flag mosaic.
“People will be able to leave their 9/11 memories,” Koenig said.
Members of the local Teen Council group also plan to distribute 3,000 American flags at the MNVM site, which will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.
Teen Council is a local 4-H teen group co-sponsored by the Perryville Area Chamber of Commerce. The group’s project is funded through a grant it received late in 2020.