Manhattan, Kan. – The Flint Hills Volunteer Center and Senior Corps RSVP program are hosting the 9/11: A Day of Remembrance event on September 11th at 7:00 pm at Bishop Stadium (3308 Robinson Drive, CiCo Park). “As we observe the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and terrorist attacks against our nation, we invite the public to join us in honoring and respecting those who serve and protect through a community remembrance and recognition ceremony”, said Lori Bishop, Executive Director.

This year’s Keynote Speaker, Chuck Banks is a master storyteller and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) executive. Chuck Banks will share first-hand experiences from 9/11, the CIA mobilization to Afghanistan, and the patriotism and partnerships between the CIA, the US Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders, and why this still matters today. Chuck started his military career 40 years ago at Irwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley, KS, and enrolled in his first college classes at Kansas State University. After five years in the Army, Chuck began a 28-year CIA career, with three tours abroad, largely focused on covert action. He was appointed to the senior position of Deputy Director of Logistics at the CIA just weeks before 9/11. He retired in 2012 and started High-Stakes Logistics, consulting on national security initiatives.

The Vista Food Truck will be available to the public at Bishop Stadium beginning at 5:00 pm.

The public is also invited to write a special message to our first responders on the Wall of Gratitude, which will be displayed at the Manhattan Town Center following the event.

The event will feature special invited guests, Fort Riley 1st Division Band, Fort Riley Mounted Color Guard, guests who were at Ground Zero and the Pentagon during and after the attacks, and many of our local uniformed first responders.

The ceremony will be heavily patriotic to celebrate the strength shown by Americans following the 9/11 events. At the closure of the evening, a candlelight vigil will be held in recognition of those will recognize those who lost their lives on that day. “This will be an impactful event for all ages, including those who remember where they were on September 11, 2001, and those who weren’t yet born, to understand how those events have shaped our community, our state, and our country”, said Bishop.

The event is sponsored by the Armed Forces Community Foundation, Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, Briggs Auto, Volunteer Kansas, Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, KMAN, Manhattan Military Relations Committee, and AUSA.

Public entrance will be at the southwest gate of Bishop Stadium only and Clear Bag Policy will be enforced. All bags will be subject to search.

For more information, contact the Flint Hills Volunteer Center at 785.776.7787 or info@flinthillsvolunteercenter.com

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