Lebanon leaders divided on Sept. 11 fireworks show - WSMV News 4

Lebanon leaders divided on Sept. 11 fireworks show

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City leaders are divided on the plan for fireworks at the city's Patriot Day celebration on Sept. 11.

Lebanon city officials canceled its annual fireworks show on July 4 because of weather and rescheduled the event for Sept. 11.

The fireworks are set to be held at the Ward Agricultural Center, site of this week's Wilson County Fair.

"It's such a disappointment for everybody that didn't get to come out to see the fireworks," said a resident who was attending the fair on Wednesday night.

City leaders chose to reschedule it for Patriot Day - Sept. 11 - because the facility was available and it would coincide with another holiday.

Councilman Rob Cesternino said he supported Mayor Philip Craighead's decision at the time and still does.

"It's not celebrating 9/11, it's commemorating 9/11," said Cesternino. "Having some fireworks and maybe some food and something for the kids to do, so I think it's going to be a great event."

Councilwoman Kathy Warmath disagrees.

"Just because we have money left over and we can do something with it, to do it on 9/11 is really disrespectful," said Warmath. "It's sad. There are a lot of people that lost their lives."

Warmath said due to those feelings she doesn't plan to attend the show planned at the fairgrounds.

"I think it's more celebrating their lives than their deaths," said a fairgoer.

Some people Channel 4 News spoke with strongly objected to the city moving the fireworks show to Patriot Day.

However, Craighead said the show is still on, another with a number of events that will be set up to remember the lives lost on 9/11.

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