Valleywide ceremonies will commemorate 9-11
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Roaring Fork Valley residents are planning a number of ceremonies and special services today to recognize the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The Aspen Volunteer Fire Department will lead a local remembrance ceremony, a ceremony that will be matched by fire departments nationwide. Aspen Fire Chief Darryl Grob said the ceremony will begin around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at the AVFD headquarters on Hopkins Avenue, when the department will roll fire-fighting equipment out of its storage bays.
Following a moment of silence at the fire department flagpole, the firefighters will gather for a solemn moment, Grob said ? the ringing of the local station’s fire bell in honor of a Fire Department of New York tradition.
“When they ring five, five, five ? three sets of five times each ? that traditionally announces that there’s been a fatality in the fire department,” Grob said.
The AVFD bells will ring at 8:05 a.m., the moment the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, Grob said.
Grob, AVFD Chaplain Joe Fredricks, Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis and Rev. Gregg Anderson of the Aspen Community Church will make brief presentations. City officials and members of the general public will also be given time to speak.
The ceremony will conclude at 8:28 a.m. ? the time the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed ? with another chiming of the fire bell.
Aspen’s communitywide recognition of the day will continue with an AVFD-hosted picnic from 4 to 7 p.m. at Paepcke Park. The department will hand out free food and sodas while supplies last ? however, residents are encouraged to bring their own salads and desserts.
A Free Concert Peace Vigil, organized by local musicians and songwriters, will conclude the day of recognition. The concert will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Aspen Community Church.
Musicians such as JD Martin, Jan Garrett, Bobby Mason, Jimmy Dykann, Frank Martin, Chris Bank, Chris Goplerud, Buck Deane, Ellen Stapenhorst, Dan Sadowski, Tom and Julie Paxton, Jeannie Walla, Valerie Lee, Terra Vestrand, Meredith Daniel and Debbie Weldon will perform original songs written especially for the 9-11 anniversary.
Michael Abdo, counselor and former abbot of St. Benedict’s monastery, will lead a guided meditation. Aikido master Tom Crum, author of “The Magic of Conflict,” will be one of several speakers. The crowd will be invited to participate in singing, chanting and small group discussion during the ceremony.
Residents who would like a moment of quiet meditation before the concert will be treated to an Aspen Choral Society recording of Ray Adams’ “Angels,” which will be played in the sanctuary beginning at 5:30 p.m. today.
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@ATD body copy: In Basalt, residents will gather at 8:15 a.m. at the Town Hall flagpole for a communitywide ceremony. At 8:28 a.m., the American flag will be lowered to the tune of “Taps.” City officials will later raise the flag to half-mast, where it will remain for the rest of the day.
Members of the Basalt Police Department, Basalt and Rural Fire Departments, and Marine Lt. Col. Dick Merritt will make brief presentations during the ceremony. Citizens will also have the chance to speak on their memories of the day.
Basalt’s town ceremony will end with a group rendition of “God Bless America.”
In conjunction with its Back to School Night, Basalt High School will hold a community spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Money collected from the dinner ? guest plates are $6 each, while children 5 years and under eat free ? will be split between the BHS Booster Club and a designated 9-11 charity.
The Roaring Fork Peace Coalition will sponsor a Carbondale community ceremony Wednesday evening at Sopris Park. The 9-11 observance will begin at 5:30 p.m. with music and drumming by Steve Perreault and Laurie Loeb, followed by a presentation from Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig at 6 p.m.
Members of the Glenwood Springs City Council, Carbondale and Basalt Trustees, and Jesus de Montes Oca from Latinos Unidos will also speak. Once the formal presentations have finished, a microphone will be passed around the general public.
The Carbondale ceremony will conclude with songs by Lisa Dancing Light, A.O. Forbes, the Earth Beat Choir, and Matt Johnson. Lauren Martin of the Mennonite Church will also include a community prayer.
Roaring Fork Peace Coalition organizers have encouraged attendees to bring their own candles to the ceremony. Participants are asked to carpool due to limited parking space at Sopris Park.
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