Commemoration of 9/11 20th Anniversary

CONCORDIA, September 11, 2021. Join veterans, first responders and community members in a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of September 11th, 2001. Honor our fallen civilians and heroes in a Ceremony of Commemoration at 9:00 am at the Concordia City Park.

At 10:00 am, the Concordia Fire Department will hold their annual stair climb at the Concordia High School football stadium. Everyone is invited to join the firefighters as they honor the 343 New York City firefighters who gave their lives during the tragic events at the World Trade Center on 9/11 by climbing the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs.

According to Bryan Cleveland, a veteran and organizer of this year’s event, “September 11th is a date that will live on in history. We want to recognize the sacrifice and service that was given. At a time when there is so much division in our nation, we are joining together to remember our fellow Americans, our military men and women, and our first responders – to stand together, to stand for freedom, and to ‘Never Forget’.”

“September 11th has officially been declared as Patriot Day,” said Cleveland. “It is an opportunity to remember those who died and the ongoing battle against terrorism.”
For more information, contact Bryan Cleveland at 785-914-7527.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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