September 12, 2020 (Photo Credits: AMVETS)

Motorcycle Tribute

Residents of Bannock County, Idaho, remembered the events of 9/11, the victims, the first responders, and those who fought to avenge them and prevent further attacks, with a ceremony at the Bannock County Courthouse yesterday, September 11, 2020.

The event began at 11:00 a.m. with the arrival of the POW*MIA / American Legion Riders with a motorcycle tribute.  Bannock County Commissioner Jeff Hough then welcomed everyone, followed by the Flag Raising, performed by the AMVETS Honor Guard and North Bannock Firefighters.

Flag Raising

The ceremony continued with the singing of the National Anthem by Kaya Higbee and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Captain Terrel Tovey.  The invocation was given by Federal Protective Security Officer Monte Hibbert.

Bannock County Commissioner Ernie Moser read a proclamation from the Commissioners.  Next came the ringing of the bell ceremony, as the Honorable Judge Rick Carnaroli read the events of the day.  Participating in the ceremony were the Pocatello Police and Fire Departments, the Chubbuck Police and Fire Departments, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Department, the Idaho Army National Guard, and the Idaho State Police Department.

Bell Ringing Ceremony

Special recognition for organizing the annual event goes to Melissa Hartman.  Hartman is the Bannock County Veterans Services Officer.  Her office is located in the Veterans Student Services Center at Idaho State University.  Attendees expressed their appreciation for the work she did to coordinate the event in spite of the difficulties encountered due to the coronavirus.

More pictures from the event can be seen at the AMVETS Facebook page (link below) and the POW*MIA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/powmiarodeo

To watch the 30-minute ceremony, click on the link to the AMVETS Facebook page and see the posted video:  https://www.facebook.com/Amvetspocatellopost1

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