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Memorials for Sept. 11 today

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 will be marked with community reflection and quiet memorial services in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Aspen Volunteer Fire Department will open a day of remembrance at 7:50 a.m., when members of the department and public can gather at fire headquarters, 420 E. Hopkins. At 7:58 a.m., the fire department will ring its historic bell in a way traditionally used to signal a death during service.

Hundreds of New York City firefighters died when the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

The ceremony will conclude with remarks by Chief Darryl Grob and a moment of silence for the victims.

Firefighters are one part of the “first responder” team that rushes to emergency scenes. This team – which typically consists of firefighters, police, ambulance technicians and other aid workers – was hardest hit during the terrorist attacks, especially during the collapse of the towers.

First responders will also be honored during a memorial service at noon today at the Given Institute, 100 E. Francis. The Institute will honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 as well as local emergency workers during a luncheon.

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The event, co-sponsored by the Given, Aspen Valley Hospital, the city of Aspen and Pitkin County, will provide food and entertainment for attending first responders. Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud and Commissioners Jack Hatfield and Shellie Roy are expected to speak at the luncheon. Folk singer Paul Anderson will perform original songs about EMTs and paramedics, and a choir from the Wildwood School will provide additional music.

Carbondale will conduct a Sept. 11 memorial service this evening with a candlelight vigil beginning at 6:30 in Sopris Park. The vigil, sponsored by the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition, will feature speakers and music from John Adams, Laurie Loeb and the Earthbeat Choir. Attendees should bring their own candles and flashlights to the memorial, which will end at sunset.

[Jennifer Davoren’s e-mail address is jenniferd@aspentimes.com]

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