School students, boy scouts, area fire departments and many others came together early Sunday morning at the Heartland Museum of Military Vehicles in Lexington to commemorate the 15th anniversary of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Featured speaker was Tim Hiemer, Fire Operations Division Chief for the City of Grand Island. Hiemer noted the names of those who died in on September 11, 2001 as they were scrolled on a projection screen near him. He said that they were “not just faceless names. These were husbands, fathers, mothers, wives, sons and daughters. And we must never forget. Because if we forget, then these names, these people have all died in vain and we must never let that happen.”
Earl Lindemann of Lexington spoke about his interviews with his childhood friend who was in the Pentagon when it was struck. Lt. Col. David DeVries has since retired from the Air Force. Lindemann relayed how DeVries summarized September 11, 2001.
A bell was run four times to coincide with the times of the morning that the hijacked planes were impacted. Boy Scouts carried folded flags into the ceremony as a reminder of those that died.
A barbershop chorus provided patriotic music interludes. The program concluded with a “Firemen’s Last Call” ceremony involving fire departments from Lexington and Overton along with Johnson Lake E.M.S.