The public is invited to the “Never Forget 9/11” ceremony

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The public is invited to a 9/11 memorial event to be held at 9:11 a.m. at the Clark County Government Center in downtown Las Vegas at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. A free car show will follow in the Government Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday September 11e the event will feature the Las Vegas Multi-Agency Honor Guard, remarks by Frank Pizarro, a firefighter who survived the attack in New York City that day in 2001, remarks by the County Commissioner by Clark Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Commission Chairman Jim Gibson, the ringing of the bell ceremony to honor the firefighters who gave their lives in the terrorist attacks, a musical performance by Tech Sgt. Ben Ekblad, serving member of Nellis Air Force Base, prayer and more.

Nellis Air Force jets will fly over the event during the singing of the national anthem. Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck, who deployed to Ground Zero in New York with a FEMA team after the attack, will serve as emcee.

Pizarro, a 21-and-a-half-year-old New York firefighter, will present at the ceremony a restored 1991 Pierce Pumper fire engine used to haul caskets of fallen firefighters across the West Coast. The Memorial Firefighter Carriage is dedicated to the memory of Raymond Pfeifer, who died of 9/11-related illness and traveled to Washington, D.C., with television host Jon Steward to fight for a fund compensation for the victims of September 11.

The event will be broadcast live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and Clark County’s Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube accounts. CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4 on Cox Cable as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One can watch CCTV on streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV through the YouTube app.

The car show will feature a variety of makes and models and attendees will be able to vote for the best muscle, classic and lowrider car. A vehicle will also be named “Best in Show” and a “Best Club Participation Award” will be awarded. Trophies and $100 gift cards will be given out and there will be a hydraulic car demonstration at noon. Car owners are urged to display their cars in a patriotic manner if possible.

Free hot dogs and burgers will be served while supplies last and a live disc jockey, DJ Jimbroski, will perform. The auto show is supported by the Las Vegas Cruisin’ Association and Avenue Motorsports. Participants will be able to help paint a 9/11 mural. First responder support organizations will be on hand to accept donations.

“A new generation didn’t experience the horror of 9/11 21 years ago,” said Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, whose office hosted the event. “We must ensure that this nation never forgets what happened, because it was an inhumane attack by a terrorist organization that left a significant number of people dead and injured, prompted our entry in a new war, has transformed our national air network and the government’s defense structure, and has profoundly affected all Americans.Our Las Vegas economy has also been profoundly affected.

Commission Chairman Gibson agreed. “The attack of 9/11 was a terrible blow, directly affecting the lives of thousands of Americans in profound ways and transforming the nation. 9/11 is still part of the national consciousness and we must strive to ensure that future generations will never forget what happened on that day 21 years ago.

On September 11, 2,977 people were killed (more than those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor) and more than 6,000 others were injured.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 8 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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