Kingman event to note 10th anniversary of 9/11
GOLDEN VALLEY - Unity, remembrance and positive energy are the themes of the Castle Rock Event Center's 9/11 memorial.
The Hometown Crier's Sherry White and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10386's Mike Breighner got together by chance one evening at Castle Rock and started talking about the facility and its potential for events. After awhile, their conversation started turning toward establishing a 9/11-memorial service.
That idea grew, and grew and grew some more.
The memorial, which begins at 9 a.m. next Sunday, consists of 21 groups uniting for one cause: a solemn ceremony dedicated to the military, first-responders and the people
who lost their lives that day and in the 10 years that have passed since 9/11.
The day starts with a presentation of the flags, an invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance, a sounding of the bells, a 21-gun salute, the National Anthem and a playing of Taps.
Presentations from people and organizations - including Red Cross - involved in the 9/11 recovery will follow. There will also be a display of photographs for people to peruse and remember.
"It's amazing to see all the work and people coming together," said Peter Cimino, Castle Rock's owner. "It's a great honor to be part of this."
Groups involved with the event and its organization include but are not limited to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, the Golden Valley Fire Department and the Boy Scouts of America.
There will also be honor presentations, military veterans booths and raffles to raise money toward a possible 9/11 remembrance monument.
"People have been putting their lives on the line (for America)," Breighner said. "It would be a memorial for them."
All these groups are raising money toward the monument, and once there is a substantial amount, they will take it before Kingman city administration, he added.
Also, 15 percent of all the money spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages during the memorial will go toward the monument, Cimino said.
Organizers plan to set up a trust for the money.
"We will find a location (for the monument)," White said.
Since Memorial Day, organizers have been meeting weekly to set up the event, White said. They will have their final walkthrough Wednesday.
"People have been donating their time," Cimino said. "It's a movement."
Each group will be responsible for its own part, White said.
Breighner added that there will be a closing ceremony as well, consisting of retiring the colors and saying a prayer.
One organizer, Bill Watkins, suggested people leave their political beliefs at the door.
"We want to show unity," he said. "Leave contentiousness out of it. (Many of us) are vets, and this is all about supporting the unity of the nation."
This is too solemn of an occasion to grandstand policy, Breighner added.
"This is about God and country," White said.
Next Sunday could set a precedent for similar events in the future, Breighner said.
The Castle Rock Event Center is located at 3743 U.S. 93 in Golden Valley. For more information about the event, call Breighner at (928) 530-2593.
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