“The 9/11 anniversary often falls during the balloon race and we are honored to host this day of remembrance for our community,” said Pilar Aldecoaotalora, president of the balloon race board of trustees.
The official ceremony, which will take place at 6:30 a.m. before mass ascension, is scheduled to begin with a brief address from Gov. Brian Sandoval. An honor guard represented by all local agencies will present the colors, followed by KTVN News Channel 2’s Mike Alger singing the national anthem. During mass ascension, all balloons will carry an American flag to decorate the sky in remembrance. Mayors Bob Cashell and Geno Martini, and Washoe County Commissioner and Chairman John Breternitz will also be in attendance, as well as uniformed police and fire from both cities and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
“I personally invite residents of the Truckee Meadows to join in the commemorative event to honor all of the victims who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attack on this 10-year anniversary,” Mayor Cashell said. “Join your fellow citizens to show your love for our country and patriotism as we continue support the brave men and women of our country who serve and fight around the world to defend our homes against terrorism and ensure our freedom.”
For early risers, the music tribute will begin at 5 a.m. with accompanying patriotic music and commentary during the glow show and dawn patrol. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is a nonprofit event provided to the community at no cost. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary Sept. 9 through 11. For more information, visit www.renoballoon.com.