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Central Oregon hosts 9/11 memorial display

Through Sunday, September 11, there will be a 9-11 Memorial Tribute Display in Prineville. This display features canvas prints, turnout gear, fire hydrants, and thin blue and red lines honoring police and fire personnel who lost their lives 20 years ago in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City.

Chuck Pore was a Lake County Deputy Sheriff who was deeply moved by the events of September 11, 2001, and felt compelled to create the display. He died in 2016 as he was getting ready to set up the display on the lawn of the Lake County Courthouse. After his passing, the display was gifted to Roland and Mona Glade, longtime friends with Chuck and instrumental in helping set up the tribute in Lakeview. The couple moved to Prineville in 2016 and brought with them the tradition of honoring all who lost their lives in the attack.

“I feel very strongly, as Chuck did, that we never forget what transpired that day and that we pay tribute to all the fallen heroes, as well as all the innocent people who died,” said Roland Glade. “I was an EMT for 25 years, a firefighter, and I’m a retired fire chief. All those men and women who went into those buildings to save others were my brothers and sisters. With all the events that are currently unfolding in the world, it seems particularly fitting that we stop and honor all those who gave their lives on that day when America was attacked.”

Roland’s wife, Mona Glade, who has also been a firefighter and EMT, added, “All of us who are patriots and love America want to do all we can to make sure we never forget what happened, and that we honor those who lost their lives in that terrible tragedy. At the same time, we also pay honor to all those men and women who have given their lives for our freedom to live under the rights granted to us by the U.S. Constitution.”

Visit 9/11 Memorial Tribute Display at the Rick Steber – MAKERS showroom, located in Prineville at 131 N.E. 5th St. The display is free and open to the public.


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