SUN ’n FUN will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events that will forever be remembered as 9/11 today.
The commemorative activities will lead up to — and be part of — the air show, highlighted by a parade of emergency vehicles prior to the air show; an airport aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle on static display with firefighters during the air show; a Missing Man formation and fly-by of World War II-era aircraft during the air show; and the playing of “Taps” as part of the Missing Man formation.
“Most people over the age of 16 remember where they were when the events of Sept. 11, 2001 occurred,” said SUN ’n FUN President and Convention Chairman John Burton. “Like the Kennedy assassination almost 40 years prior, it is an event that has been indelibly etched into our nation’s collective consciousness. By commemorating its 10th anniversary, we remember those who were victims of the 9/11 attacks and especially the responders who selflessly and courageously answered the calls for help. Many responders perished in their valiant attempts to save others.”
SUN ’n FUN benefits from support provided by area police, fire and medical responders, including the Lakeland Police Department, Lakeland Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Fire Department, Polk County Emergency Management, Polk County Emergency Medical Services, Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue, A-C-T Environmental Solutions, Florida State Fire Marshall, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.