Orlando, FL – To honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Valencia College’s Osceola Campus will hold a county-wide memorial service on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
Valencia students and staffers are once again teaming up with the Rotary Club of Lake Nona to stage a dramatic display of 2,977 flags on the Kissimmee campus lawn – one flag erected for each of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that tragic day.
This is the fourth year that the Kissimmee campus has staged the field of flags display, which features U.S. and international flags, representing the nationalities of the 9/11 victims.
In addition to honoring the victims of 9/11, the Osceola Campus flag display will also serve as the backdrop for Osceola’s county-wide memorial service, which will include participants from the Osceola County’s Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Emergency Services, Kissimmee police and fire departments, and St. Cloud police and fire departments.
The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Building 4 courtyard at the Osceola Campus. Please note that this is an outdoor event. Seating is limited and will be reserved for those who have served in public safety and those with disabilities.
The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be State Rep. Mike La Rosa. Leading the Pledge of Allegiance will be several retired NYPD officers who responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Gina Marie Incandela will sing the National Anthem.
Valencia’s Osceola Campus is located at 1800 Denn John Lane in Kissimmee.
The flags are scheduled to be on display from Sept. 4-17.
To install the flags, the Rotary Club of Lake Nona has assembled a community-wide team of volunteers. Between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4, volunteers – including Rotarians, cadets of the Civil Air Patrol, Police Explorers, and Valencia students, faculty and staff – will install the 2,977 flagpoles on the campus grounds.
The Rotary has continued to raise money toward a scholarship with the Valencia Foundation to help pay for continuing education for men and women who are currently police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
WHAT: Osceola County 9/11 Memorial Event
WHEN: 6 p.m., Sept. 10
WHERE: Valencia College’s Osceola Campus, 1800 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee
For more information on the event, please call 407-582-4975.