A solemn service recognizing the tragedy of September 11, 2001, is tonight at Rose Memorial Park in Missoula. A total of 2,986 American flags will be placed in the ground in front of the Vietnam Memorial at 6:00 p.m. by members of the United Veterans Council of Missoula and Ravalli Counties and the Missoula Exchange Club.

Honor and color guards from the VFW, American Legion, Missoula Civil Air Patrol, Knights of Columbus Patriotic Order and the University of Montana ROTC will take place and retired firefighter Tom Ziegler will read the names of his many friends from the New York Fire Department who died in the Twin Towers saving lives.  Incoming president of the Missoula Exchange Club Travis Deaton will present a dedication speech honoring those that died. VFW Veteran Tim Gress will play Taps and the VFW Post 209 Honor Guard will conduct the three-volley salute, commonly known as the 21-Gun Salute.  United States of Hope member Susannah Jean Cragwick will sing the National Anthem.


Line up for the service will be at the Korean Memorial after the American flags are placed in the ground starting at 6:45 p.m. with a slow walk to the front of the Vietnam Memorial facing the park.


Following the playing of Taps at approximately 7:30 p.m., the VFW Honor Guard will conduct the volley of shots and a member of the United Veterans Council will toll the bell.


Please come and bring extra friends and family so we Never Forget.  DB