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Memorial event in Billings to honor 21st anniversary of 9/11 – Brospar Daily News

BILLINGS — On Sunday, the 21st anniversary of the September 11 tragedy will be commemorated. The memorial at Billings Institute of Technology will begin at 8:46 a.m., exactly when the plane hit the tower.

Although it may sometimes seem remote from the Montanaans, many people in Billings are connected to the event.

Lukosic, a retired United Airlines pilot and Billings resident, was at the Chicago airport that fateful morning. For him, the day is still overwhelming.

“It took a long time trying to describe everything that happened that day,” Kosic said.

For the past few days, he has been helping to resolve the chaos.

“The logistical nightmare is awesome,” Kosic said.

Whether it’s finding medicine, food for people or a flight that can get them home, Kosic said the experience was unlike anything he had ever seen. To this day, he still marvels at America’s tenacity.

“What I take away after so many years is that everyone is on the right track, and we just finished the job,” Kosic said.

Last year, Kosic had the opportunity to speak at the annual event in Billings. He said the best way to honor those who lost their lives was to replicate that infamous day as closely as possible.

“There’s a lot of value in creating the feeling of a day. There is a time when even people who are not alive have the opportunity to share the feelings of those who did,” Kosic said.

Shane Grantham works at MSUB’s Military and Veteran Success Center. He was tasked with organizing this year’s event.

For him and those who were alive when 9/11 happened, it was patriotism that came to the fore in the weeks that followed.

“Political opinions have kind of disappeared or should disappear. Nobody thinks about your race, your religion, your sex, your sexual orientation. It’s like everyone is on the same team,” Gran Sam said.

Kosic said he will never forget the support from across the country.

“There are a lot of regular citizens like you and me doing amazing things to help complete strangers get through,” Kosich said.

The event in Billings will feature part of the original tower, which Grantham said was meant to honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“So it’s really a day for military and first responders to come together and remember the sacrifices made on both sides,” Grantham said.

The event is significant for many different reasons, Kosich said.

“I think it’s important to remember that history because yes, what can happen, but if we can figure out how to unify, we have the power,” Kosic said.

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