Walk around the bases for our first responders we will never forget. Twenty years ago the Towers went down. The Tunnel To Towers Foundation’s goal is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. They also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

How can you help?

1.  Be part of the 2071 Steps Honor Walk by first donating to  "TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION".  

Be sure to print off the donation record. 

2.  Register to take part in the walk.  Register to Walk

3.  Bring your donation receipt and check in at the McLean County Republican Tent by the main gate at the Corn Crib by 1:00 on Saturday.  You'll receive instructions on where to assemble for the walk. 

You can also register and pay your donation in person by 1pm at the  McLean County Republican Tent at the Corn Crib. 



10:00         Static Displays; Community Organizations; Venders; Voter Registration; Check in for 2071 Steps Honor Walk; Kid’s Activity  Center; Fifty/Fifty                        Raffle for Tunnel to Towers with drawings throughout the day. All located  near the Main Gate and  open through the day 

10:30         Opening Program

                    Welcome– Connie Beard– Chairman McLean County Republicans

                    Invocation– Pastor Glenda Jackson, Abundant Life Church

                   Presentation of Colors under the leadership of VFW Post 454

                    Pledge of Allegiance– McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage  

                    National Anthem– Grace Henderson– Music Connections Fdn.

                    Dedicating the Memory– Marine Lt. Col (ret) Paul Schimpf

                    Throwing the First Ball by Paul Schimpf

11:00         Game One Red White and Blue Softball Tourney

12:30         Game Two

2:00            2071 Steps Honor Walk Participants take to the field

2:30            Stearman Flight presentation of WWII Military Aircraft flyover

                    2071 Steps Honor Walk

4:00        Final Playoff Game for Red White and Blue Softball Tourney

                    Presentation of Traveling Trophy to Winning Team by

                    Dennis Grundler

5:30            Dinner Break– Field preparation for evening program

6:30            Welcome—Connie Beard– Chairman McLean County Republicans

                    Special Raising of the Flag

                    Pledge of Allegiance led by Kevin Keller of the Marine League

                    National Anthem -Habitat for Humanity Choir, Director Michael Claver

                    Dedication Speakers:

                                        Ty Smith

                                        Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe

                                        Congressman Darin LaHood

                    Memorial Presentation of Names of the Fallen

                                        Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums

                    Benediction by Chaplin Mel Barth, Founder of Heroes of Ground Zero

7:30            Fireworks Tribute

8:00            Close


The McLean County Republican Party strives to serve  through pulling together the best people and the best ideas to address the needs of our county. We believe Republican principles provide the key to creating solid, proven solutions to the challenges of maintaining a safe, prosperous community.  As an all volunteer, grass roots organization we are excited to see new workers join our efforts.  Explore the website, attend one of our monthly gatherings and discover how you can make a difference in your community.


Chairman Connie Beard
McLean County Republican Party



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