Successful 9/11 Events: Procession and First Responders BBQ
The 9/11 Procession and The First Responders Appreciation BBQ both took place Friday evening to honor and thank our First Responders, Veterans and Military Personnel.
The procession was Friday evening to remember those that we lost on 9/11/2001 and to also thank all our First Responders, Veterans and Military Personnel. It started on Snake River Avenue and went all throughout Lewiston ending on G Street.
First Responders Appreciation BBQ
The BBQ took place at Pioneer Park in Lewiston Friday evening as a way to bring our community together to celebrate our First Responders, even more so at this time with wildfires ravaging through the PNW.
The coordinator, Heather Rogers, put this event together in 8 days when local and surrounding events were being cancelled. "First Responders have a thankless job especially this year", Heather stated, "I believe that it is vitally important for communities to come together and show their support for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our country and communities safe." Heather plans to make this an annual September event at Pioneer Park and for being the first one they had over 400 people come through to show their appreciation!
Several local businesses came together to donate all the items needed to make the event free to the community. There were hot dogs. pop, root beer floats and cake all available free to attendees. A little after 7pm you probably saw the 3 jets flying over Lewiston, that was also a part of the event, thanks to Gary Peters at Hangar 180. Along with food, beverages and the flyover there was live music by Chad Bramlet. Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin spoke as did state representatives Mike Kingsley and Aaron Von Ehlinger. Glen Baldwin led everyone in prayer, his grand daughter 13 year old Tori Stang did an outstanding job when she led the crowd in the national anthem.
Along with Heather Rogers - Patriot Insurance local businesses donated items, their time or monetarily to help make the event successful. It was great to see our community come together for a good cause. Berserker Tree and Landscape Service, Eats and Treats in the LCV, Big Dan's Nutrition LCV, Hells Canyon Smokehouse, LC Valley Maids and Kimberly McCullough were among others to donate to the event.