20th Anniversary Events
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and North Metro Fire Rescue District, Broomfield Police Department, the City and County of Broomfield and the Veterans Museum Broomfield will join together to commemorate the special anniversary.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the commemorative events throughout the week.
Wednesday, September 8 – Documentary Screening of Finding Daylight
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Finding Daylight tells the story of two families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, including the Faughnan family, who reside in Colorado. Through the use of unique artwork and video, the documentary tells the story of how each family journeyed forward from September 11, 2001, and how they overcame grief to find healing and hope. Following the screening, film director Bettina Moss, along with Colorado-based composer, Chris Pilsner, will share insights into the making of the film. They will be joined by members of the Faughnan family to answer questions from the audience. This event is free to attend, but a reservation is required to secure your seat. Please use B-Rex.com to RSVP for the event.
Saturday, September 11 – 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Broomfield Amphitheater and 9/11 Memorial, 3 Community Park Road, 9-10 a.m.
This year’s 911 Memorial Ceremony will include some special additions to commemorate the 20th anniversary. Remarks will be made by family members of Chris Faughnan, who died when the Twin Towers collapsed, retired New York Fire Department Captain John Fatta, who volunteered countless hours at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the attacks, and retired North Metro Fire Chief John O’Hayre and artist Sonny Riviera who spearheaded the creation of Broomfield’s 9/11 Memorial. The ceremony will also include an honor guard procession, flag presentation and ceremonial bell ringing in remembrance of each site attacked on 9/11. Special music will be provided by bagpiper Michael Lancaster and Bugler Mike Gill, and community members will have an opportunity to add notes and mementos to a special tribute wall displayed near the memorial throughout the weekend.
Saturday, September 11 – Special 9/11 Presentation and Documentary Screening
Veterans Museum Broomfield, 12 Garden Center, Broomfield
11 a.m. – Speaker Presentation; 12:30 p.m. – Finding Daylight Screening
Following the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, the Veterans Museum Broomfield will host a Coffee and Conversation event with a presentation by Chaplain (COL, U.S. Army, retired) Andy Meverden on how 9/11 impacted his service in the military and ministry in Afghanistan. At the conclusion of the talk, an encore screening of Finding Daylight will be shown in the museum’s presentation room downstairs. Seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot.
Share Your 9/11 Story
North Metro Fire invites area residents to share their stories and experiences related to 9/11. Whether you lost a loved one in the attacks or worked in one of the buildings on September 11, or if you assisted at Ground Zero or have another personal connection to the 9/11 tragedy, we'd be honored to include your story in our living memorial that will launch in 2021 leading up to the 20th anniversary of the events.
Even if you were not directly impacted by 9/11 but would like to share your reflection or thoughts on the 9/11 tragedy and events that followed, we welcome your stories to be included in our living memorial. Please submit your stories through our website, so they may be shared online and in community spaces around the anniversary of September 11.
The 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Every year on Sept. 11, North Metro Fire Rescue District, the Broomfield Police Department and the City and County of Broomfield hold their annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the Broomfield Amphitheater in Community Park. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Each ceremony includes special music and speakers who have close ties with the 9/11 attacks, whether they worked in the World Trade Center or Pentagon on that day or lost loved ones in the tragedy. Special music is also a part of the ceremony.
Following remarks at the Broomfield Amphitheater, attendees process over to the 9/11 Memorial for a special flag presentation and a ceremonial bell ringing to remember each of the three sites attacked. Adjoining the memorial grounds on Spader Way, two fire engines raise their ladders together and display an American flag in remembrance.
Close to 3,000 people died during the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, and hundreds more have died since due to health complications from exposure to toxins at the scene. Of those lives lost on Sept. 11, over 400 were firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency services providers.
About the 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial features three bronze statues, one incorporating a piece of steel from one of the fallen Twin Towers, and six bronze panels encapsed in stone. The statues represent the firefighters, police officers and civilians who helped one another through the tragedy, some paying the ultimate sacrifice on September 11. The bronze panels represent each of the three sites of the plane crashes and include the names of those who died on September 11.
The 9/11 Memorial was funded through generous donations to the North Metro Fire Rescue District Community Foundation and was designed and built by Reynaldo "Sonny" Rivera. The memorial was dedicated on Sept. 10, 2006.