Colorado National Guard to perform 9/11 flyovers

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  • By Capt. Darin Overstreet
  • Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks, the Colorado National Guard will be seen and heard in both the air and on the ground at patriotic events across the state.

"A decade has passed since the tragic attacks of 9/11," said Maj. Gen. H.
Michael Edwards, the Adjutant General of Colorado. "Though much is said about bringing our troops home, for many of our patriots, the war wages on. This September 11, we recognize all those who have served, those who have given their lives, and those who still shoulder the burden of maintaining our nation's freedoms."

The 140th Wing of the Colorado Air National Guard continues to guard our skies 24/7/365 from the only centrally-located alert fighter facility in the nation - Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.

"The Colorado Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcons and crews providing the flyovers are the same that took off minutes after the tragic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and flew as the only aircraft in the skies to protect us from further attacks," said Air Force Capt. Darin Overstreet, Colorado National Guard Deputy Public Affairs Officer.

During the 10 years since, Colorado National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen have deployed more than 6,000 times while maintaining state emergency response capabilities and supporting homeland defense missions.

Listed below are a few of the community events scheduled to be supported:

Colorado Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon Flyovers:

(All times and locations are subject to change)

Community Commemoration
Colo. Springs, Colo.
9:00 a.m.

Patriots Day
Fredrick, Colo.
9:00 a.m.

Colo. Rockies Game
Coors Field, Colo.
1:05 p.m.

Colorado Remembers
Denver, Colo.
1:25 p.m.

9-11 Memorial
Edwards, Colo.
2:30 p.m.

Freedom Rally
Dick's Sporting Goods Park