Farmers Market to honor heroes Sept. 11

Thanks to a quick-thinking AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer, the Wednesday, Sept. 11 Livingston Farmers Market will honor local veterans and emergency personnel.

Margy Dorr is a volunteer with Western Sustainability Exchange, the organization that hosts the Livingston Farmers Market. Market Master Rob Bankston said Dorr pointed out the date to him. 

Dorr, Bankston and other local VISTA volunteers — including Katie Regan, who is working with the Park County Community Foundation, and Genna Williams, with the Livingston Farm to School program — along with Brooke Cottongim, the executive director of the Senior Citizens Center of Park County, got together and came up with a week’s worth of activities to mark Sept. 11. 

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance was designated by Congress in 2009 to inspire a tradition of engaging in a day of charitable service as well as honoring the victims, survivors and emergency personnel of Sept. 11, 2001, according to the website www.serve.gov.

The Farmers Market theme on Wednesday is “Heroes Eat Free.” Participating food vendors will provide a free meal to current military and veterans as well as  emergency service personnel, including firefighters, police staff and EMTs. 

The meals are being underwritten by a donation from American Bank, Bankston said. 

Other events are also planned. An appearance by a local color guard is planned. A ringing of the bell, in memory of the 9/11 victims, will be held. 

RSVP volunteers will staff a booth at the market, collecting items for care packages for service personnel. They will also staff tables at Albertsons and Town & Country Foods Saturday and Sunday where donors may drop off items. 

Dorr, with some help from student bakers in Park High School Family and Consumer Science classes, will hold a bake sale at the market in support of Warriors and Quiet Waters, a Bozeman-based nonprofit that brings wounded vets to Montana to fly-fish. 

Dorr hopes to raise $500, which she said is enough to cover the airfare and some of the fishing expenses for one veteran. 

And the senior center will host a “Heroes Luncheon” Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. The color guard will appear. Veterans and emergency service personnel will be served for free. Others may pay $5 to attend the luncheon.