Letter: Elaine Walker, Lovettsville

Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Bobby Zoldos and the town staff for organizing the ceremony to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. It was also the time to thank the first responders and the guest speakers who were present to share their memories with us.

Fifteen years ago, I felt it was important to honor those three thousand citizens whose lives ended so abruptly, and who never had the chance to say goodbye. I, along with other residents, went to St. James Church to ring the bell at the appropriate times when the four planes hit the towers in New York, the Pentagon, and the crash site in Pennsylvania. It was always intended to be a quiet time for those who came to pray, listen to music, and/or to participate in ringing the bell. Following the bell ringing at the Church, we placed a wreath at the flag. We have since gathered at the Veterans Memorial in the Town Square, with the Lovettsville Fire and Rescue Company personnel sounding air horns at the designated times, with citizens sharing their memories.

This year’s ceremony far surpassed anything we have had. The field of three thousand flags in the Town Square was a sight to behold. The speakers and the special music added so much to the ceremony. As Mayor Zoldos has stated many times, he not only recognizes Sept. 11, but emphasizes Sept. 12 as the day everyone began recovering from that tragic event and began working toward a better world. How appropriate that some citizens went to New Jerusalem Church to do “God’s Work, Our Hands” directly after the ceremony this year. That seems to be typical of this wonderful Town of Lovettsville.

Thank you again for extending the honor to me to participate in this most memorable ceremony. Many thanks to those who attended. Let us never forget.

Elaine Walker, Lovettsville

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