COTTONWOOD -- Seniors joined with Cottonwood Fireman and Police at noon Friday to remember the tragedy of the Al Qaeda attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Cottonwood Senior Center was draped with patriotic bunting and firemen placed flags at the Cottonwood Civic Center. At the Senior Center, there was a remembrance gathering and a short program.
In addition to the 3,000 people killed in the World Trade Center Towers, in the Pentagon and on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., a flight bound for Washington D. C, 343 firefighters, 23 police and more Port Authority officers lost their lives.
Councilwoman Linda Norman told the gathering, "It is only fitting that we reflects on the lives lost."
"Don't forget this day. We have the greatest country in the world. You have to believe in that," urged Cottonwood Fire Marshal Rick Contreras.
If there was some good that came from 9-11, it was the improved effectiveness of communications within Public Safety, according to Police Commander Gary Eisenga.
"There were 17,000 people in the buildings at the time of the attacks. A tremendous number of them came out unscathed."
Finally, Senior Center Director Elaine Bremner recalled the urging of the World War I poem, "In Flanders Field," "the torch; be yours to hold it high."
Everyone rose for a moment of silence.