9/11 Tribute Committee Presents Certificate, Updates Progress on Memorial


Doug Harbour and Kirk Powers


Doug Harbour of the 9/11 Tri State Tribute and Memorial Committee, presented a certificate of appreciation to Kirk Powers, Prowers County Building Maintenance Supervisor and his crew, as a way of thanking them for their efforts during the annual Tribute event at the Prowers County Fairgrounds.

Commemorative Tribute Medallion

Harbour said the county staff never missed a beat when it came to having the fairgrounds in order for the Tribute this past September. He said they were on hand before and after, “The next day I went out to the fairgrounds with three large trash bags to hold any refuse from that Saturday and all I got was about a bucket worth of discarded items.”  Harbour said is speaks to the crew and to the caliber of the people who attend the event each year.

He presented each of the Prowers County Commissioners with the commemorative coin that has been struck to represent the Tribute and first responders. “These were done by Scott Steerman who is working on the bronze statues that will be used as the centerpiece at the memorial,” explained Harbour.  He said 200 have been cast and they are being sold to raise funds for the memorial project which is being developed for a site at the Big Timbers Museum along Highway 287.  The coins are available from Community State Bank for a $20 contribution.

Harbour said some last minute surveys will be needed at the site before some dirt moving can begin. “We have some picnic tables and covered awnings that are being built by Home Depot and they will be brought down in the near future and we’re getting cinder block which will be used along the planned wall during the second phase of the project.  Some local donations as well as material and in-kind labor have been contributed to create the memorial which will honor members of the military, law enforcement and first responders.

By Russ Baldwin

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