Easton to host Never Forget Walk Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Tragedy

Tunnel to Towers Foundation

SCHEDULE:

9 am - 9/11 Prayer Service at St. John’s Lutheran Church

11 am - 9/11 Parade begins at 9th & Northampton Streets and proceeds to Centre Square

Noon - 9/11 program honoring all First Responders

  • National Anthem sung by Easton’s own Broadway Star Dee Roscioli
  • Remarks by Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation
  • Check presentation by a local auto dealership
  • Dove release
  • Singing of God Bless America by crowd

The 9/11 traveling exhibit will be open to the public in Centre Square

12:30 pm - performance by the Lafayette College Pep Band

1 - 3:30 pm - Joyous performing in Centre Square

1:30 – 4:30 pm - Lucky 7 performing at Scott Park

3:15 pm - Family Fun Ride on race course

4:15 pm - Easton Twilight Criterium races start, ending at 9 pm

9:15 pm - Fireworks over the Forks of the Delaware

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 starting at 11 am. The parade will be followed by a bar-b-que picnic in Centre Square for parade participants. 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 4:15 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.