The Never Forget Walk has chosen to pass through Easton and several events are planned for September 4 starting at 11 a.m. to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. It is also the day of the first Easton Criterium cycling race starting at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
The complete walk will happen over 42 days this summer. Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation will walk from the Pentagon to Shanksville, PA and then on to the World Trade Center in New York City covering more than 500 miles through 6 states. On Saturday, September 4, Siller will walk through Easton and participate in a parade from 9th Street east on Northampton St. to Centre Square. The parade will be followed by a bar-b-que picnic. Retired New York City firefighters will cook and serve the food. The goal of the event is to “inspire all Americans to come together.” A 100-foot by 50-foot 9/11 traveling exhibit will also be in Centre Square and open to the public. New York City firefighters will explain the many exhibits and events surrounding that infamous day.
Lehigh Valley area police, fire, and emergency rescue organizations will be invited to participate, as well as veteran and community groups and bands. Dignitaries from the area will also be invited to participate. At the end of the parade in Centre Square, the National Anthem will be sung by Wilson High School graduate and Broadway star Dee Roscioli followed by a dove release.
After the picnic there will be live entertainment from 1 - 4 p.m. as preparations begin for the Easton Criterium. The bicycle race is part of the Tour of Somerville, America’s oldest bicycle race. More than 300 cyclists from more than 25 countries are expected to participate. The races start at 5 p.m.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation raises money to provide housing needs of first responders. They expect to deliver 200 mortgage-free homes to our nation's heroes by the end of 2021. Including a 110-home “Let Us Do Good Village” in Florida for program recipients, as well as pay off mortgages for families of first responders who have died from 9/11-related illnesses who left behind young children.
The city is asking that any volunteers that would like to serve on the planning committee or participate in the parade should call 610-250-6610. The first meeting of the committee will be on Wednesday June 16 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers in City Hall. There is also a need for volunteers the day of the events to help with the opening of the exhibit trailer and setting up for the festivities associated with the picnic.