Sept. 11 Memorial Clocks To Be Placed In Lexington, Central City

Sept. 11 Memorial Clocks To Be Placed In Lexington, Central City Large, public clocks will be placed on major streets in Lexington and Central City as memorials to people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

An 11-foot-high, illuminated clock will be placed on Main Street in Central City to honor Monte Hord, who grew up in the town and was among the victims when hijackers commandeered airplanes that crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

The clock probably will be placed near a large home built by Hord's prominent ranching family, said Kay Wimmer, director of the city's chamber of commerce.

Kevin Hilder, a resident of Central City, helped raise the $5,000 needed for the clock, which will be set up for ceremonies Wednesday, Wimmer said. More money will be raised for an accompanying plaque that should be ready by the Fourth of July, she said.

In Lexington, middle school students inspired to commemorate the victims of the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., raised $8,404 of $23,000 needed to purchase and erect an 18-foot-tall, four-faced Victorian-style street clock on the southwest corner of the block that holds the Dawson County Courthouse.

Another $5,000 came from a Peter Kiewit Foundation challenge grant and $10,000 was raised from private and business sponsors.

Lexington Middle School principal Dean Tickle said the mood was somber one year ago when news of the attacks spread.

The school responded with a wave of patriotism, demonstrated through posters, clothing and music programs.

The school was invited to submit a grant proposal by the Kiewit Foundation, and Lexington was one of six Nebraska communities to be awarded grants based on projects designed and submitted by youths, Tickle said.

To raise money to match the foundation's grant, the Student Council organized school dances, a talent show, bake sales and donation drives.

??Every kid helped, all 575 students helped in one way or another,'' Tickle said.

When city sirens sound in Lexington at 8:48 a.m. CDT Wednesday to commemorate the attacks, all of the students at the middle school will be gathered on the courthouse lawn.

Student Kelly Kloch, 14, was a member of the Student Council last year. She said it feels good to know that students did something beyond the walls of their school, and donated something to the city.

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