Memories were shared of September 11, 2001, when people heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon during a program at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home on Wednesday morning .
The ceremony recognizing September 11th as Patriot Day began with opening remarks from VFW Post #1681 Auxiliary President John Brehm III, and was followed by the National anthem, performed on piano by Scotts Bluff County Management Accountant Lisa Rien and the pledge of allegiance led by VFW Post #1681 Auxiliary Secretary Amy Ramos.
Following a prayer by VFW Post #1681 Chaplain Frank Kenzy, Western Nebraska State Veterans Home Business Office Manager Elizabeth Stricker read a 9/11 poem.
A 9/11 presentation from Amy Ramos was followed by remarks from people on what they remember about 9/11/2001 when they heard about the attacks.
Among those who recalled the day, Nebraska State Veterans Service Officer John Petelle spoke to the strength that Americans showed in the face of terror.
Other remarks came from Morrill County Veterans Service Officer Tim Marquez, Western Nebraska State Veterans Home Director Kevin Collins, Scotts Bluff County Management Accountant Lisa Rien, VFW Post #1681 Auxiliary Secretary Amy Ramos and veteran Peter Curr.
Scotts Bluff County Veterans Service Officer John Brehm II told KNEB News the program will likely become an annual event to recognize Patriot Day and remember those who perished.