Saturday, September 10, 2011
Hood River to memorialize the tragedy of 9/11: a 10 a.m. service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, a 5 p.m. interfaith observance at Wilson Park and a 6 p.m. memorial service at Anderson Tribute Center.
All three events are open to the community.
• The Gorge Heroes Club, in partnership with Anderson’s Tribute Center, will honor firefighters from Hood River County on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the east coast.
“Ten years ago 343 firefighters died trying to save the lives of American citizens after planes flown by terrorists crashed into the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan. We planned this event to pay tribute to their sacrifices and out of recognition that the same level of dedication to public safety exists within our local fire departments,” said RaeLynn Ricarte, GHC president and mother of a Marine.
She said community members are invited to Anderson’s, 1401 Belmont Ave., at 6 p.m. Sunday for a short program that remembers the acts of heroism that took place on the same day in 2001. She said those attending will have an opportunity to thank area firefighters from six agencies and honor the 3,000 victims of the attacks and the 6,000 military personnel who have died in the two wars that followed that day.
“All too often our firefighters go without thanks for risking their own lives to save others and we felt the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when memories resurface of lives lost in the line of duty, is the right time to pay tribute to our emergency responders,” said Jack Trumbull, owner of Anderson’s.
Firefighters will be attending from Pine Grove, Odell, Parkdale, West Side, Hood River and Cascade Locks departments. Refreshments will be served at the event and GHC will present each agency with a special award to recognize their dedication and professionalism.
Oregon National Guard SFC. Gary Norris will serve as master of ceremonies for the service that will open with a welcome by Jim Trammell, fire marshal for West Side, and close with a reading of the emergency responder role during the crisis by Devon Wells, fire chief for Hood River. The National Anthem will be sung by vocalist Jo Herring of Hood River with accompaniment by Perry Cole and a video depicting the 9/11 tragedy will be shown
“I think it’s important that parents bring their children to this observance because 9/11 was the day that changed America forever and we need to never forget those who died and those who are fighting today to stop terrorists from being able to pull off another attack,” said Terri Hansen, GHC vice-president.
• Gorge Ecumenical Ministries invites the community to a remembrance event and potluck, "Wisdom From our Faith Traditions," starting at 5 p.m. at Wilson Park (211 May St.) with a potluck meal. The interfaith observance will include poems, prayers, blessings and music.
• Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ninth and State streets, hosts the 10th anniversary tribute service.
At the 10 a.m. start of the tribute service, the church bell will be rung every 10 seconds, once for each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers from New York City and the Port Authority, and eight private emergency medical technicians and paramedics who lost their lives at Ground Zero.