Twin shafts of light will shoot straight up into the sky in Overland Park on Sunday and Monday nights as part of the city’s annual observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The lights, meant to simulate the twin towers of the World Trade Center, are made possible this year by a gift from an anonymous donor.
The memorial is maintained through private donations and the budget cannot afford the spotlights, which rent for about $600, every year, said Jason Rhodes, spokesman for the Overland Park Fire Department.
But the lights enhance the solemn observance.
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“We get great feedback on it,” Rhodes said. “It’s impressive. It adds a level of reverence to the display.”
The spotlights will be on all night on both nights at the memorial, which is a public space at 12401 Hemlock St., next to the fire department headquarters and training center.
The Overland Park fire and police honor guards will conduct the memorial service Monday morning, the 16th anniversary. Seven moments of silence will be observed between 7:30 a.m. and 9:29 a.m., marking the times of key events during the attacks.
The centerpiece of the memorial site is a 14-foot steel beam from ground zero.