September 11, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of a day Americans will never forget. The Puyallup Fair is taking time to remember those who sacrificed their lives to protect our country, and those lives that were lost on that tragic day. Throughout the day different events will take place to recognize this tenth anniversary.
During the 1 p.m. Puyallup Pro Rodeo Justin Boots Playoffs the military will be recognized as local children lead rodeo attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance, provided by 94.1 KMPS. Rodeo tickets are still available if you would like to attend and take part in recognizing our military and emergency responders. Purchase tickets at the Puyallup Fair Box Office, www.thefair.com/concerts or 888-559-FAIR (3247).
The “America Remembers” tribute will be held from 6-8 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Stage, and is free with Fair gate admission. The Puyallup Seventh-Day Adventist Church has held this tribute at the Fair for several years, and will feature select members of the military and emergency responders again this year. This tribute will feature keynote speaker, Major General James M. Collins Jr., an experienced executive and opinion leader in the Army, business, and volunteer communities of the state and the nation.
James M. Collins, Jr. spent over 35 years in active duty Army and Reserve leadership roles. In his last active duty assignment from 2002 through 2005, he was Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff for 1 Corps at Ft. Lewis, WA. In that role he led over 30,000 soldiers and employees. He also spent substantial time deployed in Asia, working with America’s allies in Thailand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the Philippines. His military awards include the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Department of Defense’s most senior military training course, the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course.
A fireworks spectacular will take place at the Fair after sundown, approximately 8:15 p.m. The fireworks can be seen from most every vantage point at the Fair.