Flags to half-staff for 9/11; local event planned
President Barack Obama ordered flags be lowered today to half-staff nationwide for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
In Glenwood Springs, City Councilwoman Kathryn Trauger created an event at noon to show support for all regional law enforcement and first responder agencies. The event is in front of the Garfield County Jail, 107 Eighth St.
The “We Have Your Back!” event is in response to law enforcement agencies recently subjected to increased scrutiny from the public and press “as well as actual threats against them and their families,” Trauger said.
Nationally, Obama said, “Those who brought hate to our shores and smoke to our skies did not expect our country to emerge stronger, and our beacons of hope and freedom to shine brighter as a result. In the years since, we have stood strong as one people — determined to further embolden our country’s character with acts of endurance and strength; rebuilding and resilience; renewal and progress. In remembrance of the innocent victims who lost their lives and in honor of the families they left behind, let us continue to answer these heinous acts by serving our communities, lifting the lives of our fellow citizens and spreading the hope that others tried to dim that day.”
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