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Little planned for 9/11 anniversary

Naomi Havlen

The third anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shocked the nation and the world is expected to pass quietly in the Roaring Fork Valley.Three years ago on a Tuesday in Aspen, locals and visitors gathered in local bars and in offices around the television, watching footage from New York City, Washington, D.C., and a Pennsylvania field. They watched in horror as thousands died when both towers of the World Trade Center and a wing of the Pentagon were destroyed with hijacked passenger jets.The Sept. 11 attacks prompted a number of community gatherings in the Roaring Fork Valley at local fire departments and some memorial services and moments of silence in the next two years.But on this third anniversary it appears that most local fire districts are going to recognize the day quietly in the valley’s communities.”The consensus is that it does need to be marked, but we’re trending toward a simple observance,” said Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob.Grob said the fire department will lower their flag to half-mast at 8:05 a.m. to mark the time when the first tower fell, and raise the flag back to full staff a half hour later.”It seems to be the appropriate level of response, given the passage of time,” Grob said. “Pearl Harbor was earthshaking at the time, but this is the way things evolve.”The Basalt and Snowmass fire departments also plan on lowering their flags to half-mast to mark the anniversary, but representatives of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs didn’t know of any planned observances to speak of.In Snowmass Village, visitors and residents are invited to take part in a twilight hike from the Snowmass Village Mall to the Lynn Britt Cabin. Reverend Mark Hawke of the Snowmass Chapel will lead a moment of silence and a candlelight vigil at the cabin in honor of victims, fallen firefighters, police officers and their families.”We’ve never done anything like this before, and since nothing was happening in Snowmass and maybe in the valley, we thought this would be a good activity with the colors of the leaves and the fall weather,” said Snowmass activities director Joey Woltemath. The hike is not a race and is geared towards families.Sign up for the hike starts at 5:30 p.m. at the ticket pavilion at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall, and the hike will start promptly at 6 p.m. The hike is free of charge, and refreshments and snacks will be available at the Lynn Britt Cabin.For more information on the hike, call 923-8647.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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