Ceremony, food giveaway planned to mark 15 years since 9/11 attack

September 4, 2016 Updated: September 4, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be noted with a Sunday ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base and an earlier giveaway designed to stock needy troops' cupboards before winter.

The Sunday event is for invited guests and will be held outside the headquarters of U.S. Northern Command, which was formed in the wake of the 2001 attacks to defend the continent from terrorist and other threats.

Speakers including retired Air Force Gen. Bob Kehler and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will deliver remarks next to a monument to the 2,996 people killed when terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pa. The monument at Peterson is built from a twisted girder salvaged after the attack on New York.

"We want to remember and pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, and to honor the service members and first responders who place their lives on the line every day in service to our country," Col. Douglas Schiess, who leads Peterson's 21st Space Wing, said in a statement. "We reflect on the tragedy of that day and use it as a reminder of why we serve this great nation."

On Wednesday, the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes will hold a giveaway for troops who have defended the country in the wake of 9/11.

The nonprofit, which is working with local charities including The Mount Carmel Center of Excellence and Care and Share, will hand out food and other items to active-duty troops, military families, retirees and reservists. To take part, troops and family members need to obtain a voucher by calling the Mount Carmel Center at 309-4714.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Norris-Penrose Events Center, the charity said.

"We know that Colorado Springs can be an expensive place to live and work, so we hope all the active and retired service members living around the area will come out on Wednesday and allow us to stock their pantries," Martin L. Badegian with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes said in an email.

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Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

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