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A 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will take place at the rodeo grounds at 10 a.m. Saturday. (Getty Images)

The American flag will fly high at the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo grounds in Skirvin Park on Saturday morning during a special 9/11 Memorial Ceremony that has been organized to take place on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Frolic’s lumberjack competition area. An idea conceived by Darrell Hinchberger, Philomath Frolic & Rodeo board president, the ceremony will remember and honor the fallen from Sept. 11, 2001, and the first responders and military service personnel who made the sacrifice over the past 20 years during the Global War on Terrorism.

Several local and regional agencies are expected to participate or send representatives to the event, including the Philomath Police Department, Philomath Frolic & Rodeo and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The bulk of the program will feature speakers reading a timeline of events on 9/11.

Oregon State Army ROTC cadets will provide color guard, Pastor Jeremy Lucke of Peace Lutheran Church will lead a prayer, local musician Ken Saul will play “Taps” and the National Anthem, and area Boy Scouts will be on hand to assist and support.

Jacoby and Julian Jones, whose father is a wildland firefighter, will also be in attendance and bring forward tribal flags from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians that had been donated to the city of Philomath. 

The U.S. flag will be hung from the two lumberjack poles on the grounds utilizing a pulley system that is to be installed this week.

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