Johnson County Government and several partners will honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a temporary memorial display of 2,977, 2-foot American flags from Thursday, Sept. 9, through Monday, Sept. 13. Olathe West High School students will install the flags on Sept. 8.
A dedication of the display will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, featuring comments from representatives of local first responders and Bob and Shirley Hemenway from Shawnee. Their son, Ronald Hemenway, a Navy serviceman, was killed in the attack on the Pentagon. He was 37 and the father of two young children. Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, will also speak and emcee the program.
The event will be streamed live on our website at jocogov.org/JohnsonCountyRemembers and on our Facebook page @jocogov. The public is encouraged to watch online. Limited seating for the dedication will be available. Physical distancing will be implemented, and masks are strongly encouraged. Public parking is available at the downtown garage, located at Cherry and Loula streets.
Following the event, the Board of County Commissioners will issue a proclamation during its business session at 9:30 a.m., in the hearing room located on the third floor of the Administration Building to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks and the annual observance of Patriot Day, a Congressional designated National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday, Sept. 11. That meeting can be viewed at bocc.jocogov.org.