Rain at civic plaza reflects country’s mood
About 100 city and county employees, dignitaries and citizens huddled under umbrellas Wednesday morning to observe the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
A steady pelting rain seemed a fitting atmosphere for this somber day, said Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof.
“Thank you for coming out in weather like this. It shows you have concern and care for what happened,” he said. “The weather is appropriate. It shows the mood of the country.”
Garfield County Commissioner John Martin presided over the brief ceremony. He urged those gathered around the flagpoles in the civic plaza between the new City Hall, County Jail and County Courthouse to gather closer together.
“This is a circle of friendship, a circle of patriotism,” he said. “We come together today to honor the people who lost their lives.”
Vickie Price of American Legion Post 83 in Glenwood Springs also spoke to the crowd.
“None of us will ever forget what happened to America one year ago today,” she said. “All of those heroes sacrificed their todays so our tomorrows would be free.
“As we remember Sept. 11, 2001, let us teach our children those lessons we’ve learned. Let us tell them that they must guard their freedom,” Price said.
Joe Carpenter, veterans administrator for Garfield and Pitkin counties, reminded the group that the many veterans who live in the valley should be honored for their sacrifices as well.
“They deserve your greatest respect,” he said. “Thank them every time you get a chance.”
Although Martin announced the playing of the national anthem, apparently there was some difficulty with the taped music.
After some minutes, one could hear music coming faintly from behind the crowd. It was Kate Smith’s interpretation of “God Bless America,” a favorite anthem for America during and after World War II.
Someone in the back of the crowd took up the song and soon more voices joined in until everyone was singing, “God Bless America, land that I love …”
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