No 9/11 memorial ceremony in Kennewick
KENNEWICK, Wash -- For the first time in several years, the city of Kennewick will not be holding an official ceremony on September 11.
Since the 9/11 Memorial was unveiled at the Southridge sports complex in 2011, there has been a ceremony each year on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The city has decided to do away with the annual event, and instead hold a ceremony on benchmark dates, like the 20th anniversary, four years from now in 2021.
"A lot of times the public will rally around significant anniversaries and that's where we we're looking-- at the 20-year anniversary would be a significant memorial milestone, and to do something larger for that," says city spokesperson Evelyn Lusignan.
The 9/11 Memorial at Southridge, which includes a large piece of steel from Ground Zero, will be open to the public on the anniversary on Monday. The Fraternal Order of Police in Kennewick will also be holding their annual 5k Memorial run.