**To view the official Riverton Remembers 9/11 event website, click here.**
Riverton residents and neighbors are invited to come together this September to remember the fateful events that took place on September 11, 2001. A trifecta of free and educational events, all part of the Riverton Remembers 9/11 initiative, are planned to help the community remember the innocent people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack that day 19 years ago. Events include: Flag Remembrance Displays, Patriot Day Car Show Parade, and multi-location Patriotic Firework Show with a special soundtrack streamed live on KODJ 94.1 FM.
“Our goal with these events is to provide our residents with an opportunity to reflect on the tragedies that occurred on September 11th, 2001, in ways that are both reverential and unifying,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “Our nation came together in an unprecedented way following the terrorist attacks 19 years ago. It is my hope that we can remember those who died; honoring their lives with a newfound commitment to advancing the ideals of our founding – freedom, equality and self-governance. Remembering that even today in what can be a very divisive world, that there is so much more that unites us as Americans than divides us.”
Five flag remembrance displays will be set up throughout Riverton where individuals and families can visit to learn about those who were killed on September 11 and to reflect on their own feelings from that day. Collectively, there will be 911 American flags displayed to represent that day. Locations include Canyonview (12600 S 4465 W), Centennial Park (13000 S 2700 W), Monarch Meadows Parkway (13600 S 4800 W), Riverton City Hall (12830 S Redwood Road) and Spirit Corner (12600 S Redwood Road). Distinct educational displays will accompany flags at each location with facts about 9/11. All are welcome to visit the displays anytime between Sunday, September 7 and Sunday, September 13. Those who visit all five displays can enter to win a gift basket valued at over $500.
The Patriot Day Car Show Parade will be held on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. The parade will include hundreds of awesome vehicles coming from all over northern Utah that will drive through many Riverton neighborhoods on a 14-mile parade route. Vehicles will travel at street speeds and will follow normal traffic flow. Residents and neighbors are invited to watch the parade anywhere along the route. Entry is free for anyone who would like to enter a vehicle in the parade, though registration is required by noon on September 4. Entry categories include: 1) Antique / Classic (excluding VW), 2) Exotic / Muscle / Sports Car, 3) Jeep / Truck, 4) Motorcycle, 5) VW and 6) Business / Miscellaneous.
The culminating event of the Riverton Remembers 9/11 initiative will be the multi-location Patriotic Firework Show on September 11 at 9:11 p.m. The show will be synced to a live soundtrack on KODJ 94.1 FM that will include educational messages about 9/11 and patriotic music. The show will originate from three locations in Riverton: Centennial Park, Monarch Meadows Park and Riverton City Park. Spectators are encouraged to watch in areas near launch locations; however, no spectators will be allowed inside launch location parks due to the size of the required firework fallout zones.
For more information about Riverton Remembers 9/11 events, visit rivertonutah.gov/september11.
Events are designed to comply fully with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Visitors to the Flag Remembrance Displays may stop in anytime for an entire week at their leisure. The Patriot Day Car Show Parade will allow spectators to watch in numerous locations throughout the city along a 14-mile route, avoiding large gatherings of people. No candy or items will be thrown at the parade. The firework show has been planned to ensure that spectators can watch from neighborhoods throughout the city and won’t have to gather in specific areas.