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Montana’s 9/11 Memorial

A wreath is placed at Montana’s 9/11 Memorial during the formal dedication of the memorial on Sept. 11, 2011. The memorial, located at City College at MSU Billings, 3803 Central Ave., will host to a commemoration ceremony on Tuesday.

Ceremonies are planned on Tuesday to honor those who died in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

At noon on the courthouse lawn, the public is invited to the the 11th annual Celebration Life.

Music will be provided by the Billings Central Catholic High School choir and band.

For more information, contact or Mike Yakawich at 254-2445 or George Blackard at 855-6781.

Several events are planned at Montana’s 9/11 Memorial at City College (formerly the College of Technology), 3803 Central Ave.

Events are free and open to the public, and  begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The event schedule:

7:30 a.m.: Sirens sound memorial remembrance by City College paramedic program

7:31 a.m.: Flag-raising by MSU Billings Army ROTC members

7:35 a.m.: Laying of Wreaths by MSU Billings Chancellor Rolf Groseth, City College Dean Marsha Riley, Billings Police Chief Rich St. John, and Billings Fire Chief Paul Dextras, paramedic student Brianna Kaftan, fire science student Michael Kooy, and Ben and Josh Winn, members of Billings Boy Scout Troop 394

8 a.m.: Lessons learned from 9/11. Room 127 Health Sciences Building. Special guest speaker will be George Menig. Menig will discuss medical issues and the physical and mental after-effects that catastrophic events can have on first responders. Menig was a member of the NYPD from 1981 to 2001.

He retired as commanding officer of the 33rd Precinct Detective Squad and was previously assigned to the NYPD Emergency Service Unit. Of the 23 NYPD police officers killed on 9/11, 14 were members of the Emergency Service Unit. 

Montana's 9/11 Memorial at City College includes a piece of the World Trade Center at its center and was dedicated in 2011.

COT instructors Elizabeth Fullon and Gary Edwards organized the effort to bring a 6-foot section of I-beam recovered from the ruins of the Twin Towers.

Edwards drove to the East Coast in 2011 to bring back the twisted, 600-pound piece donated to MSU Billings by the Port Authority of New York.

The artifact rests under two 16-foot steel tube towers set into a raised, circular planter outside the Health Sciences Building.

For more information on the memorial ceremony, contact Elizabeth Fullon at 247-3085.

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