The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This tribute is to honor all the self-sacrificing individuals, past and present, for their commitment to serving our nation and communities. The event is free and open to the public. This event will feature a parade, Hall of Honor, concert, flag retirement ceremony, BBQ, and will conclude with a formal ceremony to honor our heroes.

The day's activities will begin at 10 a.m. with the parade leading to events at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. The parade will start at S. Sixth and Beech streets The parade will feature veterans, law enforcement, fire, EMS, military units with many units from Wyoming to Texas and from Kansas to the Front Range of Colorado. These groups include the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard, Honor Artillery Battery and 4th Infantry Division marching band, U.S. Air Force Flag Folding Unit, and 1st Responder Color Guard from the Colorado Springs Area. A Care Net flight for life helicopter will fly 5 minutes before start of the parade and then set up at the Fairgrounds. Trailers and vehicles will be provided for all veterans and first responders so they may ride in the parade.

The Hall of Honor will be open from 10:30 a.m. in the Centennial Building at the fairgrounds. It will be closed during the formal ceremony. The Hall of Honor will have pictures on display to honor the 9/11 victims, and also all first responders and military, past and present. In the building pictures from area school kids will honor their heroes. A special display will recognize the Grand Marshall Colonel Charles Edward Jones, astronaut, who was killed on 9/11 when Flight 11 crashed into the Trade Center. His sister and her husband plan to attend along with families of other victims. Families of first responders or military, past and present, may submit pictures along with dates of service for display in the Hall of Honor.

11 a.m., Cub Scouts flag retirement ceremony in the fairground pavilion.

11:30 a.m., free concert at the grandstand with the 4th Infantry Division's Brass Authority Jazz Band.

12 p.m., BBQ begins – free to all former and present first responders and military. All others will be $5 a plate.

1 p.m., formal ceremony begins in the grandstand. The keynote speaker will be the Jr. Vice Commander of the American Legion for the State of Colorado.

"When folks understand that our only objective is to thank these unselfish individuals that served our nation or community, they want to become involved," said Doug Harbour, the president of the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Foundation, in explaining how this Tribute has grown exponentially over the last few years.

A new addition this year will be a Vietnam vintage UH-1 (M) Huey Gunship (helicopter) with rocket pods and M60 Machine guns, which will be in the parade and also on display at the Prowers County Fairgrounds. Attendees will be able to get their pictures taken with this historic icon.

The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute Foundation is planning a memorial to be erected just north of Lamar in the near future. This memorial will serve as an appropriate backdrop for reflection and community gathering.