Local, state events commemorate 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
To remember and commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001, local organizations and state leaders are planning events for Sunday.The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office invites all to a remembrance ceremony in which the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard will respectfully honor our fallen heroes at sunrise with a flag lowering ceremony. The ceremony is set for 6:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Rifle Annex, 106 County Road 333-A, east of Rifle. Information: 665-0200. The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association encourages all residents and businesses to observe a moment of silence to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The moment is a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives and to those who bravely responded to the attacks. “The Glenwood Springs Chamber is part of Friends of the Manhattan Chamber, one of many chambers of commerce across the nation that joined the Manhattan Chamber to show solidarity and support after 9/11,” said Marianne Virgili, president & CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber.The moment of silence is to be observed at 9:11 a.m. on Sunday.The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation is hosting a solemn remembrance of 9/11 combined with celebration of those who work for peace. As 2011 is also the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps, all Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers are invited. The remembrance is set for 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.Statewide moment of remembranceGov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Sunday to honor the memory of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset. The governor also encourages all in Colorado to pause for a moment of remembrance statewide at 11 a.m. Sunday. For one minute, first responders, houses of worship, towns and others throughout the state should sound sirens and bells in a signal to everyone to stop and remember the 10th anniversary of the events of Sept.11, 2001.”This anniversary is a solemn time for all of us to remember and honor those who died 10 years ago,” Hickenlooper said. “It’s also a time we can reflect on our strength and resilience as a nation and give thanks to those who continue to protect our country from future attacks.” ‘Colorado Remembers’ event in DenverGov. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will host “Colorado Remembers 9/11,” a memorial event to honor lives lost, first responders and members of the armed forces.The memorial event will include a procession led by the Colorado National Guard and representatives from the Colorado public safety community. The presentation of military honors will include a firing salute, a fly-over, the playing of Taps and a public display of World Trade Center artifacts.Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet will address the audience, followed by a free tribute concert celebrating America’s will to prevail by the Colorado Symphony, Tyler Ward, the Colorado Children’s Chorale and The Beach Boys.The event will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.Documentary film by Telluride coupleRocky Mountain PBS airs the documentary film, “From the Ground Up,” produced by Telluride residents George and Beth Gage at the request of 9/11 widow Andrea Garbarini, also the film’s executive producer. The film is the story of the widows of five New York firefighters as they journey forward together, finding strength in each other and finding ways to make a difference in the world.The women have raised funds to build a library, a playground, homes for autistic children and for returning disabled vets; they’re funding children’s foundations, autistic foundations, school gardens and reaching out to widows overseas. And they honor their heroic husbands in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine.Rocky Mountain PBS airs the film at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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