Hastings Symphony Orchestra holds 9/11 commemorative event

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Members of the Hastings Symphony Orchestra held a memorial event on Sunday to honor the first responders who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The program began with the presentation of the colors, followed by other traditional honors such as the stars and stripes and the ringing of the bells. The ASS also performed at the event.

HSO Acting President Bruce Batterson told Local4 News there was a reason they held the event.

“It reminds people of the first responders who sacrificed themselves on 9/11 and the events that followed. So it’s important to allow our audience to come out and thank these people for their service,” Batterson said.

21 years have passed since the attacks of Al-Qaeda on American soil. Batterson noted that 9/11 shouldn’t just be a time of mourning — it’s also about enjoying what we have.

“It really is a celebration of freedom and today we are free to come to the park, enjoy the music, enjoy this beautiful day,” he said. “I think that’s the lasting memory of 9/11.”

He also noted that it’s about taking advantage of the freedoms we have as Americans. 9/11 is a day to celebrate those freedoms because the attacks were an attempt to take them away.

“Hastings Symphony is proud to be a part of 9/11 remembrance here at Chautauqua Park today. We typically perform this concert during 9/11 week, so often we honor first responders and 9/11 victims,” Batterson said.

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