9/11 Parade held in Riverton this morning

Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 12:32 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

All the first responders were honored in a parade today in Riverton, especially those who gave the extraordinary sacrifice on that day, 19 years ago.

“Everybody’s invited, it’s a community thing. It’s just for the respect of all the first responders and the military personnel that were affected by this, and we’re going to continue doing it every year,” emphasized Tony Luoma, who organized the parade.

The parade has been held in Riverton since 2002, on the first anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.

Ed Leake founded the parade, and Lumoa took over the responsibilities after he passed.

The route is planned specifically to go past the middle and high schools to teach school-age young adults about the tragic event, as almost all of them were not born yet at the time of the attacks.

“We purposely do this route around the middle school and high school and each year, I go talk to whoever I need to and try to get the kids there included in here. I was nervous about this year because of all the COVID and everything that they might not be able to get out.”

Luoma was happy that the students were able to go outside to watch the parade and wave their flags in remembrance.

The parade was this morning in Riverton, and the plan is to hold it again next year to recognize and honor the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001.

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