On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, the Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial will be completed in grand fashion.

We all remember what we were doing and where we were on the September 11, 2001. It will forever be engraved in our minds and for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, we honor you.

On the corner of West State Street and Kilburn Avenue there is something absolutely breathtaking and somber. It is the Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial.

The first time I saw it, it took my breath away. It was at night when I first saw the memorial. The dramatic lighting, the flags at half mast and the enormous twisted beams of steel from the World Trade Center put me in awe.

The memorial stands as a monument to the emergency responders who have fallen in the line of duty and remembers all who sacrificed on September 11, 2001. It is a beautiful peace of art and history right in our own backyard.

This year, the Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial will be completed. If you have been to the memorial before you may be thinking, well what could possibly be done to complete it?

All year, there has been a progressive raffle raising funds to bring three beautiful sculptures to the monument.

Courtesy of Winnebago County 911 Emergency Responders Memorial Commitee
Courtesy of Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial Commitee

The sculptures are of a fire fighter, an EMT and police officer. The sculptures are done by a local artist and have been bronzed to be placed at the memorial on Sept. 11, 2016 over looking the beams from the World Trade Center.

This will be an emotional morning and quite a momentous occasion.

The Ceremony will begin on September 11th at 8:30 a.m. For the rest of the event:

  • At 8:45 a.m. there will be a 9/11 Moment of Remembrance.
  • Following at 9:15 a.m., local responders will be honored.
  • Then at 10:15 a.m. the statues will be unveiled.

All are welcome and there will be various speakers throughout the event as well.

The Key Note Speakers for the event are:

  • Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen
  • Retired Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers

The Guest Speakers are:

  • City of Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey
  • Winnebago county Sheriff Gary Caruana
  • Sculptor Renee Bemis

For more information on the event, please visit Win911.org.

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