On the tenth anniversary of 9/11 families were celebrating birthdays and enjoying the nice weather in Wichita’s Riverside Park. The mood on 9/11/11 was much different than it was back on 9/11/01. Still, the memory of that day remains very vivid in people’s minds.
The memories are still vivid, Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein said. It was a Tuesday morning. Then serving as the fair’s assistant manager, he was meeting with a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper about a ticket problem. The trooper’s pager went off….
“The decision was made the fair would continue…” … Numbers began to trickle downward as residents stayed home, shocked at what had happened. That Tuesday’s attendance totaled 18,504 people, down 10,000 from 2000….By the end of the fair, attendance had dropped 20 percent from the previous year.
Two memorial events held in Lawrence on Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 included the interfaith “From Fear to Hope” event at the Dole Institute and an evening candlelight vigil beneath the campanile on the KU campus.
As part of the nationwide observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Phillips County and Phillipsburg plan a special program at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Phillipsburg Courthouse Square.
“Phillipsburg Remembers America’s Heroes” will feature a proclamation by Mayor Fred Robinson and speeches by Barbara and Merlin Dennis and Sherry Robinson, who spent time helping the Salvation Army and Red Cross at Ground Zero.
Anthony connects with 9/11 firefighters:
A small south central Kansas town that formed an emotional attachment with some New York City firefighters after 9/11 is preparing to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks.
Residents of Anthony raised more than $80,000 to build a Sept. 11 memorial in the town’s park. It includes steel from the World Trade Center, a stone from the Pentagon and soil from Shanksville, Pa., where one of the planes crashed after passengers rebelled.
Overland Park Breaks Ground on 9-11 Memorial: