Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and local emergency responders and members of the military will commemorate those who lost their lives at two annual ceremonies held in Aspen and Snowmass.
The premiere will take place at noon at Aspen fire Station in downtown Aspen on Hopkins Avenue.
The block will be closed to vehicles from 10:30 a.m., so two ladder trucks, one of Roaring Fork Fire and the other Aspen Fire, can be erected and a large American flag can fly over the station.
Live music will be played Smokin ‘Joe Kelly shortly before the midday ceremony, and five vintage WWII planes will fly over.
“For the 20th anniversary, nothing is being exaggerated,” said Aspen Fire Chief Rick Balentine. “There is so much about this year, with COVID and the 20th anniversary, our theme is unity, not just in our community but around the world.”
Aspen Police Officer Ritchie Zah will play “Amazing Grace” on the violin and Richard Sundeen will once again play tap dancing on the bugle.
Speakers during the ceremony include Aspen Deputy Fire Chief Jake Andersen, DPA Deputy Chief Bill Lynn, US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dick Merritt, local resident Dick Butera who was near the Twin Towers when they fell that morning of September 11th. , with Aspen Ambulance District Director Gabe Muething and Father Darrick Leir of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Rabbi Itzhak Vardy.
Aspen Fire will also feature the work of Andrea Booher, an Aspen resident and photojournalist who was at Ground Zero after the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed.
It’s an all-outdoor event and Grassroots TV will be broadcast live, Balentine said.
“It should be a really special year,” he said.
Axes and Arms, which represents local police, firefighters and emergency responders, will hold its traditional memorial walk on Brush Creek Road in Snowmass at 6 p.m. from City Park to the top of the village.
It’s the same distance and drop that firefighters walked from the bottom of the World Trade Center to the top in an effort to save the lives of those trapped.
“We walk from the park to the village to assimilate the firefighters’ march before the towers collapse,” said Roaring Fork Fire Chief Scott Thompson. “This year is quite special because of the 20th anniversary and we still have the audience with us and this year I would love to take them out of the park.”
Andersen was one of the founding members of Axes and Arms in the Roaring Fork Valley when he was a firefighter at Snowmass Village.
The group is made up of emergency responders who raise funds and provide support to their colleagues who need help, whether they are their families who need help with problems or problems. people.
“No one is getting compensated (who works for Axes and Arms) and that’s to keep the money in the valley,” Andersen said. “It’s not just money, if they need child care, or a hotel room after chemotherapy, trips to specialists or a wheelchair ramp where we buy the wood. and make it, here we are. “