Patriot Day 2022
Join us on September 11 to remember the nearly 3000 people who died during terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC, and Shanksville, PA, in the U.S. on that day in 2001.
Museum doors open at 9:00 am. The programming will begin at 9:40 am. To start the programming, we will have a Presentation of the Colors, followed by the National Anthem, performed acapella by Aubrey Watters, a seventh grader from Lifegate Christian School. A moment of silence will be observed at 9:46 am (8:46 am EDT), marking the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.
A big thank you to Omaha Steaks; because of their generous donation, we will serve lunch from 11:00 am-2:00 pm (while supplies last).
Join us as we mourn the events twenty-one years ago on September 11 with our Patriot Day program while paying homage to the precious lives lost.
Artifact and Displays Commemorating Events of September 11, 2001, and the War on Terror.
Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum sought a way to honor those lost and offer a place to gather for a community and nation grieving. The museum has received many items that help remember, heal, and move forward in the months and years following. Our goal in presenting these artifacts and displays to those who serve and protect us is always to remember their service and sacrifice; we all remember how a nation can come together to overcome any obstacle.
President George W. Bush Desk and Podium: The desk President Bush sat at while receiving his first full briefing on the events and aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The briefer used the podium; this desk and stand sat below Offutt AFB, Nebraska. The secured, underground location was rooted in Strategic Air Command and the Cold War.
Remember Our Fallen: This display honors Nebraska and Western Iowa military members lost during the war on terror.
NEXTEL Flag: Following the events of 9/11, many companies sought ways to connect with their community by reconciling emotions with the experience. NEXTEL partnered with city leaders, schools, museums, and senior centers to create a flag that represents feelings and thoughts about liberty and freedom. This three-story flag was unveiled at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on February 19, 2002, and has been hanging in the museum since.
Greg Laakso: Artist and military veteran Greg Laakso earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Two works he created while attending college are his American infantry flag sculpture and his Twin Tie Towers display. The American flag sculpture connects the sense of pride and patriotism and the direct humanity of the infantry and combat. The tie towers commemorate the loss of society to the 9/11 attacks.
*Free Admission for Active/Retired/Veteran Military and First Responders