JEFFERSON CITY — Popcorn, door prizes and product giveaways blended with ringing church bells, a color guard and promises not to forget the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks during a memorial at the Missouri Capitol.
Organizers said Friday's ceremony is designed to remember those who died eight years ago and in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as being a "thanksgiving." It also was designed to give people a chance to have fun and meet others.
Booths from businesses such as a gym, tanning salon and water company were set up on the Capitol's lawn and were flanked by a ring of police, fire and emergency vehicles.
Elected officials said in speeches that Missourians should remember the bravery and sacrifice of those in the military and who work as emergency responders.