LAWRENCE — Police and firefighters envision a monument, maybe in Veterans' Memorial Stadium, dedicated to all those who lost their lives on 9/11.
Raising money for that memorial starts literally by asking people to put one foot in front of the other. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Lawrence police and firefighters are sponsoring a 5K road race, health walk and youth fun run to raise money for a 9/11 memorial in the city.
The exact spot for the memorial has yet to be determined although organizer and police Sgt. Daniel Fleming suggests the restored stadium, located off Route 114 at a city entrance, "seems to be an appropriate spot."
Fleming and Firefighter Eric Zahn, childhood friends from Lawrence's Prospect Hill neighborhood, are organizing the road race, the first of many fundraisers envisioned to pay for the 9/11 memorial.
As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approached, police and firefighters joined forces to plan an event to commemorate all those who gave their lives that day "and all the soldiers who are still sacrificing," Fleming said.
Many vividly recall the televised images of the second plane hitting the twin towers in New York City and damage done to the Pentagon, the seat of the nation's military forces in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 11, 2001.
Some 343 firefighters, 69 police officers and eight ambulance workers were among the 2,753 killed. Another 184 lives were lost in the Pentagon attack.
While these images are burned in many of our minds, Fleming noted others are learning about 9/11 and its impact. He pointed to his oldest son, who hadn't been born yet when the terrorist attacks occurred a decade ago.
On Saturday, racers will gather at the Relief's In at 1 Market St. The 1K Youth Run starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a 5K health walk at 10:45 a.m. and the 5K road race at 11 a.m. Admission for adult walkers and runners is $20 and kids are $5.
There will also be raffles, music and food. T-shirts are available for the first 500 people who register.
A race web site and registration is accessible at coolrunning.com. Registration will also be held from 9:30 to 10:30 that morning.
Any donations or raffle items from local businesses are welcomed and appreciated, Fleming said.
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