Issaquah ceremony offers chance to reflect on 9/11

September 6, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

“To me, it was one of the worst days in our nation’s history,” Eastside Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Bud Backer said of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But the way the country came together in the aftermath of those attacks can be pointed to as a source of pride, Backer added.

To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the city of Issaquah, EFR, city police and other civic groups are joining in a public ceremony 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Issaquah Community Center.

Other groups joining in the ceremony include VFW Post 3436 and the Issaquah High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

If you go

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

  • 1 p.m. Sept. 11
  • Issaquah Community Center
  • 301 Rainier Blvd. S.
  • The event will be moved indoors in case of bad weather.

Twin Towers Orphan Fund concert

The ceremony will be one of remembrance, Backer said. The keynote speaker is firefighter Bill Lokey, a member of a special Washington emergency services task force that traveled from the Northwest to New York City in the days after 9/11. The VFW and the NJROTC will provide a color guard and a flag salute, the VFW’s Dave Waggoner said.

The event honors people who died on Sept. 11 or in its aftermath. The remembrance is not just for police officers or firefighters killed in the rescue efforts, Backer said. The afternoon also was planned to honor civilians lost that day, as well as members of the military who have died in the conflicts resulting from 9/11, Waggoner said.

The event will last about 45 minutes, Backer said. Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger is expected to close out the remembrance.

There are many events set to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The Sammamish Symphony Orchestra will accompany vocal groups in a concert in West Seattle. Proceeds will support the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.

Joining the Sammamish Symphony will be the Cantare Vocal Ensemble, Sacred Music Chorale and the Northwest Chamber Chorus. Meant to honor the 3,000 victims of 9/11, the survivors and many heroes of the day, the program was conceived by conductor Mark Adrian.

Recordings of personal accounts and stories from 9/11 will accompany the major musical pieces to be performed, which include Mozart’s “Requiem” and Albinoni’s “Adagio.”

Organizers are asking there be no applause during the performance in keeping with what is seen as the solemnity of the event.

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