The Lake of the Ozarks will welcome a new neighbor to the community today with a groundbreaking in the Four Seasons.
Marine Corporal Todd Nicely lost both arms and legs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan back on March 26th of 2010. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the Gary Sinise Foundation, Home Depot Foundation, And Semper Fi Fund have raised money to build Corporal Nicely a smart home here at the lake.
Stephen Siller was a New York fireman who got caught in traffic in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel on 9/11. Siller took his 80 pounds of gear and ran three miles to help his firefighter brothers at the World Trade Center, ultimately losing his life. Frank Siller will be in attendance today and says to honor his brother the foundation is building homes for soldiers who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Siller says the events in Afghanistan are tied to that day in New York.
Marine Corporal Nicely was asked where he would like to live and chose the lake, close to his family in St. Louis and his wife’s family in Kansas City.
Chris Kuban is coordinating today’s event and invites the whole community to get involved.
Because of the predicted weather today the groundbreaking will be held at the Four Seasons Activity Center on Vintage Landing Drive. It starts at 11 o’clock. N.Y. firefighters who worked at Ground Zero, Lake Ozark fire and police, and the 399th Army Band will participate in today’s event.