Community to remember 9/11 on 10-year anniversary
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – Anyone old enough to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, likely remembers the pain that spread throughout the country and the unity we all felt in the days and months that followed.
It was the worst terrorist attack on Americans in history, and it also was the worst international terrorist attack ever, according to the U.S. government.
This year, we reach the 10th anniversary of that horrible day, which, for many of us, seems like it happened yesterday.
Locally, the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District, along with several other local organizations and emergency responders, is hosting a full day of remembrance on Sept. 11 at Freedom Park in Edwards, the Edwards Field House and Battle Mountain High School.
Mike Staten, the Edwards area manager for WECMRD, said the Edwards Field House staff drives by Freedom Park every day and sees the piece of limestone there that came from the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon. The staff started talking about the 10th anniversary and decided to ask the board for support.
From there, Staten reached out to Eagle River Fire Protection District Chief Charlie Moore, whose wife, JoAnn, volunteered to help.
“That was the start of it,” he said.
JoAnn Moore, a local event planner, said the event will be very moving. She expects as many as 3,000 people to attend.
“I see lots of tears in our future with this,” she said. “We need to take a step back and mourn.”
The early planning, which started about a year ago, started out small. The event was going to be a “sweet reminder,” JoAnn Moore said, but it has turned into a much larger event.
Staten said organizers, including Charlie Moore, local veteran Buddy Sims and other local organizations, have been very careful to make the event respectful and dignified. They wanted to have an educational component for local children and teenagers who either can’t remember Sept. 11 or might not have been born yet. There will be documentaries, history and other educational events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Battle Mountain High School auditorium.
A silent processional with local fire, police, emergency responders and Veterans of Foreign Wars, including special guests will occur, followed by an F-16 fighter jet flyover.
“It is a memorial ceremony – a lot of people lost their lives – that needs to be a very dignified and solemn piece,” Staten said. “It was such a tragic event. Every single one of us is probably going to have a rush of emotions and will probably remember where we were at when this happened. It’s healthy for us, as a community, to remember that together.”
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