As today marks the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, our staff finds themselves reflecting on the years that have passed, and the transitions we have seen. Keeping the victims and their families in our thoughts and our hearts, it’s easy to feel burdened with deep sadness on this day. And make no mistake; it is a time for solemn reflection. However, we’d also like to take this opportunity to consider the tremendous growth and changes that have come about since that fateful day in 2001.
It seems that now more than ever, we are a nation looking forward to a bright future. Right here at home in our Black Hills community, we have seen invigorating growth that’s brought many new opportunities. Our downtown has experienced a remarkable revitalization, attracting crowds of individuals every day. With a new Main Street Square, several shops, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities, downtown has been integral to a strengthened community.
The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is proud to be a part of this area, as we have celebrated many moments of growth ourselves. Eleven years ago, we would not be marking Rush Hockey games on the calendar. Now, our community looks forward to cheering on the home team with friends and family. It is a recurring event that has brought our community together, uniting the Black Hills in a shared passion for our players, coaches, and team spirit.
Looking ahead, our staff anticipates more continued growth with a potential expansion project that would open doors to new levels of education, entertainment, and culture. Each season we strive to bring the best events to our region, ranging from Broadway Plays and state basketball tournaments to the Stock Show & Rodeo and large conventions. Over the last decade we have watched as these events continue to grow, and we hope to someday host them in a state of the art facility that would support our community for future generations.
Together, our community has prospered through trying times and an economic downturn, working to become community leaders, volunteers, and supportive, compassionate citizens. We want to extend our warmest thoughts to those affected by 9/11, and reflect on the remarkable progress our nation has seen since that day.