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Marshfield Remembers the fallen on September 11

Event includes 2,977 U.S. flags in memorial of lives lost with 102 minute light tribute


The City of Marshfield will host the third annual “Marshfield Remembers” memorial at Patriot Park (1490 N. Elm St.) Monday in remembrance of the tragic events of 9-11-01. A memorial display of 2,977 U.S. Flags, is open to the public in remembrances of the lives lost on that day 22 years ago. In addition, a tribute in light will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST with two towers of light gracing the night’s sky for exactly 102 minutes followed by the playing of Taps at 9:45 p.m. CST by Marshfield 8th grade trumpeter, Mitch Jones.  The event will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend at marshfieldwebtv.com. starting at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor, Natalie McNish, stated “September 11, 2001 is a day frozen in time for many of our citizens, including myself. It was a day of disbelief, anguish, and anger unlike anything many of us had ever experienced before. September 12, 2001 was also a day I remember well. It was a day of unity, patriotism, and pride. We vowed then, as we do today, that we would ‘Never Forget.’ On the anniversary of these tragic events, it is our honor to remember and to share our memories with others. Citizens of Marshfield and beyond are invited to unite in patriotism and pride, and pay their respects to the fallen. It is also an opportunity to educate younger generations on the events of that day and what it meant to those of us who lived it.”

Also new to this year’s event is a live-streamed Digital Learning Experience with the 9-11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The stream includes firsthand accounts of the attacks and aftermath of 9-11. At the top of each hour, a 30 minute film designed for K-12 audience members will play through the conclusion of the evening.

“The live stream will be projected against the poolhouse and we’re excited to add that to the event this year,” McNish added. “We have a new layout for the flags which have Tower One and Tower Two, we have spelled out Flight 93 and we have the Pentagon with the design using 2,977 flags honoring the lives lost that day.”

The event was made possible by city crews who helped prepare for the tribute. The flags were outlined by members of the Marshfield FFA and advisor Justin Cron and painted by Coltrane Asphalt.

Like previous years, projects from Marshfield’s 6th grade class and coloring sheets from the elementary school were hung along the fence of the pool.

“The work from the kids really adds a beautiful touch to our event and captures how the newest generation of Americans reflect on this part of our nation's history,” she said. “Passing this on is the only way we can truly “Never Forget.” Thank you Marshfield Schools.”

The annual event draws a large crowd to Marshfield and the City hopes to continue the tradition for years to come. 

This is something that I've always wanted to do but when it comes to having a good idea, you're generally not the only one with it," said McNish. "When I took office, of course, it was during COVID. So we couldn't do anything then. But the next year, I really wanted to get a group of people together and brainstorm this. And I found out that the idea was really shared by many different people in the community. We’re so thankful for the involvement from the police, fire, EMS, parks department and local veterans. This is really a special event for Marshfield and we love providing this educational tribute for our community.”


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