Twin Lakes Fall Festivus coverage

American Legion Post 544 and Genoa City RedDogs baseball hosted their second annual Fall Festivus Friday, Saturday and today at Legion Park, Twin Lakes.

There was a variety of activities to enjoy including music, sports tournaments, food, craft and dog shows.

A highlight of Saturday’s activities was the parade and the ceremony to honor 9-11 first responders, during which local first responders also were recognized.

At the ceremony, plaques were given to representatives of local police and fire departments. Two speakers also addressed the crowd:

Said Bruce Goodnough, Twin Lakes municipal judge:

“Today is now called Patriot’s Day. It is a day of remembrance that should never lose its meaning. It is a day as meaningful as any other day that pays tribute to our countrymen whose lives have been lost in times of conflict. Many innocent citizens lost their lives needlessly nine yeas ago. Not only those who were direct victims of the attacks but many others who gave their lives in attempts to aid those in need. Today’s ceremony is symbolic to that cause in that it honors our local individuals and departments who risk their health and safety in response to emergencies. So on behalf of the residents of the tri county area I say to our recipients: Thank you for your devotion, your sacrifices and your service.”

Said Bob Livingston Sr., Twin Lakes American Legion Post commander:

… those we honor tonight live in a world transformed by the attacks of 9-11, because no one believes that every conceivable form of attack can be prevented. Civilians and first responders will again find themselves on the front lines. Our competent professional first responders plan for that eventuality. A dedication to preparation is perhaps the best way to honor the memories of those we lost. Tonight we have the great honor to pay tribute to our local first responders for their professional competence and their dedication to our communities’ safety.


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