North Metro Fire Rescue District is inviting anyone with a personal connection to 9/11, either from the Broomfield community or the surrounding area, to share those stories.
The annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, organized by the North Metro Fire Rescue District, the City and County of Broomfield and the Broomfield Police Department, will not be hosted in its usual in-person format because of COVID-19.
The departments are working together to remember the fallen in a different way, according to a release from the fire district, and they hope to receive help from the community. The groups are creating a video series to tell the story of the 9/11 Memorial in Broomfield and share the stories behind the men and women who lost their lives that day.
The videos will be shared as part of this year’s commemoration and will also be shared leading up to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks next year.
Area residents who would like to share their story are invited to contact North Metro Fire Public Information Officer Sara Farris at (303) 252-3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typically hundreds of people attend the ceremony which, in the past, has started at the Broomfield Amphitheater and ends with a group march to the 9/11 Memorial where a color guard presents a flag to a family member who typically speaks at the event.
A bugler and bagpipe player traditionally provide the music, and a ceremonial bell is rung three times for each of the sites attacked. The event is held to remember the nearly-3,000 lives lost and to honor the firefighters and police officers who responded in the aftermath.
Plans are also still being determined for the annual Veterans Day event, which in the past is held Nov. 11 at the Broomfield High School auditorium.
Members of the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum met last week over Zoom to discuss plans. Jim Groh, a spokesman for the museum, said it cannot be at Broomfield High School this year, but that nothing definitive is in the works yet.
Cathy Walker, with the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, said a decision hasn’t been made, but that if they were to do something in-person it would have to be done with a very limited crowd.
Last year the event introduced an essay contest, which organizers felt went over well with students and community members who attended the celebration. They would like to continue that, Walker said, but are still determining if it’s possible.