Aspen remembers 9/11 with three events |

Aspen remembers 9/11 with three events

ASPEN – Aspen will honor those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with three separate events Sunday that mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorism incidents on U.S. soil.

The first event is a reflection and community gathering from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in front of the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department station at 420 E. Hopkins Ave. All local emergency responders as well as residents and visitors are invited to the occasion, which will include bell-tolling, flag-lowering and wreath-laying ceremonies along with recorded and live music selections.

A flyover by the Colorado Air National Guard is a possibility, according to Aspen Deputy Fire Chief Rick Balentine.

Speakers will include fire department chaplain Roy Holloway, Rabbi David Segal, the Rev. Gregg Anderson, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor, retired USMC Lt. Col. Dick Merritt and part-time local resident and photojournalist Andrea Booher.

Following the gathering, all are invited to attend an interfaith service at the Aspen Chapel, 77 Meadowood Drive, off Castle Creek Road west of Aspen, at 9:30 a.m. Segal and Anderson will preside.

Later, at 5 p.m., the Wheeler Opera House will host a special screening of Booher’s new documentary film “Portraits from Ground Zero.” Ten years ago, she was designated by Mayor Rudy Giuliani as one of only two photographers to be allowed unlimited, 24-hour access to the World Trade Center site in the wake of 9/11.

For two months, she spent 18 hours a day handling photo-documentation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, taking pictures of the search-and-rescue and cleanup efforts at Ground Zero.

“Andrea Booher is a part-time Aspen resident, when she’s not on assignment following an important news story,” said Gram Slaton, executive director of the Wheeler. “[Sept. 11 is] a vitally important date for all Americans, and I can think of no better way of remembering the events from that day 10 years ago or helping to measure the distance that we have traveled since.”

“Portraits from Ground Zero” concerns the first responders to the World Trade Center site and where they are 10 years later, as told firsthand by Booher. During the tragic incident, she shot more than 9,000 images of search-and-rescue members, iron workers, policewomen, firefighters, priests, celebrities and volunteers.

The film is free and open to the public. It’s 88 minutes long, and Booher will conduct a question-and-answer session with the audience after the screening.

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