SUMMIT COUNTY – Church bells will ring, flags will be flown and people will put their hands together in prayer Sept. 11 as Summit County residents reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
In the fire industry, the tolling of bells historically has been a means of communicating the death of a firefighter in the line of duty. At such time, the fire alarm office would tap out three sets of five bells to honor the fallen.
Flags at half staff – they’re half-mast when flown at sea – comes from the days of wooden sailing ships. Flags honoring someone who died were flown one flag depth below the top of the flagpole to make room for an invisible flag that symbolizes the “invisible” person who is no longer among the living.
Commemorative events begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Red, White and Blue Fire Department. The fire engines will roll out of the bays at 7:45 a.m., following a moment of silence accompanied by a color guard. Bells will be rung at 8:05 a.m. to commemorate the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, followed by a lowering of the flag to half-staff. A service will be held from 8:05 a.m. to 8:28 a.m., at which point the bells will be rung again in memory of the North Tower collapse. The flag will be raised again, community leaders will speak, and a community reception will follow at 9 a.m.
In Keystone, the Snake River Fire Department will hold a ceremony beginning at 7:45 a.m. It will feature an apparatus roll-out, raising the flag to half-staff at 8:05 a.m. and lowering it at 8:28 a.m. The name of each of the 343 New York firefighters who died in the attacks will be read aloud.
Students in Summit County’s public schools also will participate in a variety of activities Wednesday.
All will don red, white and blue or their school colors to show national or school pride. Flag-raising and lowering ceremonies are scheduled at each school, and at the elementary schools, firefighters and law enforcement officers will join students for lunch. Summit Middle School has invited the Sheriff’s Department.
In Frisco, Rita Bartram, executive director of the Summit Historical Society, will ring the church bell in the Historic Park at 8:46 a.m. – the time in New York at which the first World Trade Center tower was struck – and again at 10:28 a.m., signifying the fall of the second tower.
In remembrance of the victims, heroes and those fighting the war on terrorism, the folks from Immanuel Fellowship will hold a special prayer gathering at noon in the Frisco Historic Park gazebo.
Keystone Resort will hold an observance in the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater in River Run. It will take place from 8:15 to 8:50 a.m.
Community leaders Gary Lindstrom, Bob Follett and Annie Black will read passages from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and the Declaration of Independence to coincide with the ceremony planned at the World Trade Center site. A moment of silence is planned for 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Other church services include a Bible study at 7 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco, a prayer service and scripture reading by children at 7 p.m. at the Summit County Church of Christ in Bill’s Ranch, and a memorial service at 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist church in Breckenridge.
The American Red Cross branch office in Dillon will host a time of quiet reflection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with light refreshments and mental health volunteers available via phone.
Or Lady of Peace will hold memorial masses at 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace in Dillon and St. Mary’s in Breckenridge. The churches will be open all day.
From 12:15-12:45 p.m., Abundant Life Church in Silverthorne will offer time for prayer and reflection.
Additionally, Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon will open its labyrinth prayer tool, a meditative path, to the community from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day until Sept. 14. A soup supper at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 will be followed by a service of remembrance incorporating the labyrinth at 6 p.m.
– The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
– In the morning, raise the flag briskly; at sunset, lower it slowly.
– The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
– The flag should not be flown in inclement weather.
– After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half-staff.
– The U.S. flag is flown atop other flags.
– The flag must never touch the ground.
– Fold your flag to store it.
– When the flag is old, it should be retired by burning or burial.
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