Remembering lost loved ones or tragedies is not a one-day-per-year process.
As a result, the Waukesha Downtown Business Association, a group of local businesses, nonprofit agencies and community members will be hosting a series of events to commemorate 9/11 on the 15th anniversary of the attacks this year. Kewaskum Remembers Memorial Park, a non-profit project dedicated to building a 9/11 memorial in the town of Kewaskum, is putting on the events.
Those events kick-off from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 3 with a reading at Martha Merrell’s Books and Toys, 231 W. Main Street. The memorial ceremonies will continue the following weekend during Friday Night Live, Sept. 9, and the Farmer’s Market on Sept. 10.
On Saturday, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist and author Mike Nichols will read from his book “Just A Few Sleeps Away," which was accepted into the national 9/11 museum in New York City last year. Signed copies of the book will available for purchase.
"Just a Few Sleeps Away" centers on a Kewaskum family, the Habermans, and the loss of their then-25 year-old daughter, Andrea Lyn, who died on the 92nd floor of the north World Trade Center in the attacks. The book is about the family’s quest for healing and goodness in light of the tragedy, according to a news release.
Jessica Osenbrügge, a Waukesha resident and West Bend native that was living in New York City on 9/11 and helped with search efforts for Andrea Haberman, and Gordon Haberman, Andrea’s father, will also attend the reading to discuss the impact of his daughter's loss on the family.
The memorials continue around 7 p.m. Sept. 9, during Friday Night Live, with the display of a 2,200 pound I-beam that was part of the lower level of the north World Trade Center tower. The steel will become the center piece of the Kewaskum Remembers memorial.
A ceremony near the beam will include a presentation by the Waukesha Police and Fire Department Honor Guard, the singing of the national anthem, and remarks from Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly.
Copies of “Just A Few Sleeps Away” and 3-inch by 5-inch "flags of honor" featuring nearly 3,000 names of victims of the attacks, will be sold.
Additionally, an art installation with an “Americana” theme, will be presented that night by Dan Engh of Art and Framing 123 in partnership with Concept Envy, a new marketing firm in downtown Waukesha. Paintings from the installation will be for sale.
The steel beam will be showcased and commemorative activities will be folded into the farmers market Sept. 10, according to the release. The market runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.