September 14, 2022
K-State Assistant Vice President/Police Chief Ronnie Grice serves as emcee for 9/11 Day of Remembrance
Ronnie Grice, Kansas State University's assistant vice president/police chief, served as emcee for the Manhattan/Flint Hills' 9/11 day of remembrance.
The Flint Hills Volunteer Center hosted the third annual 9/11 Day of Remembrance: Honoring Our Heroes Family Event on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Manhattan City Park/Wefald pavilion.
This year marked the 21st anniversary of the tragic event that changed our nation. The 9/11 terrorist attacks killed 2,977 people and injured thousands more at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. To honor those lives lost, community members were invited to City Park to help place 2,977 flags for each of those lives lost on Sept. 11, 2011.
In addition to the flag display, there were family-friendly activities, music by the first infantry Division Band, the Wall of Gratitude, rock hunt and First Responder vehicles on display. A picnic was hosted by Riley County Police and Hy-Vee.
Special remarks were made by Gov. Laura Kelly, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Col. Kang and retired Lt. Col. Glidewell with Fort Riley. In addition, there was a Pinning Ceremony for four AmeriCorps senior volunteers receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.