9/11 Freedom Rally to honor veterans, first responders in Manhattan

By James Ryan
KSNT – September 11, 2018


The first ever 9/11 Freedom Rally will kick off in Cico Park Tuesday night. The event will hopes to honor veterans and first responders who keep our country safe every day.

“Our police, our fire, our ambulance service, our Fort Riley soldiers,” said organizer Lori Bishop. “It’s a great opportunity to recognize them and thank them for their continued service to our community.”

Bishop is the executive director of the Flint Hills Volunteer Center, the organization putting on the rally.

The rally will features speeches from state officials, military and law enforcement representatives including:

  • Lt. Governor Tracey Mann
  • Attorney General Derek Schmidt
  • Chief of Staff COL Curtis Taylor, Fort Riley
  • Chief of Staff COL Roger Murdock, Kansas National Guard
  •  Riley County Police Department Director Brad Schoen
  • Geary County Sheriff’s Office Captain Brian Hornaday
  • KSU Police Department Chief Ronnie Grice​​​​​​​
  • Junction City Fire Department Chief Terry Johnson
  • Manhattan Fire Department Director Scott French
  • Riley County Fire Department Director Pat Collins
  • Riley County EMS Director David Adams

Along with speeches the event will also feature a candlelight vigil and performances by the Manhattan High School Marching Band and the Flint Hills Children’s Choir.

Click here for a full schedule of events. The 9/11 Freedom Rally starts at 7 pm tonight at Bishop Stadium in Cico Park.


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