POST FALLS, ID – On September 11, across the nation, people paused to remember the events of this day, 12 years ago. For many, the day is one of internal reflection and remembrance. The City of Post Falls arranged a public memorial for those who wanted to come together to commemorate those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I don't want to sit home and cry by myself,” said Joy Tharp, who drove from Priest River to attend. “I want to come out and I want to be with my American people and feel proud being here.”
The 30-minute ceremony began at 8:30 a.m. at the Post Falls City Hall Plaza. The American Flag was lowered to half-staff to symbolize the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.
The memorial service also included a traditional bell ringing for fallen firefighters, a patriotic wreath display, and “Taps.” Retired United Airlines flight attendant Jeanette Mackin, who was working on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke at the ceremony.
“We should never forget that amongst those that day were the flight attendants, the pilots and passengers aboard the four airliners that were hijacked by Islamist terrorists,” said Macklin.
Post Falls mayor Clay Larkin said it is important we never forget the events of that day.
“We don’t ever want anybody to not remember what happened,” Larkin said. “This was a terrorism attack on our nation. And, yes, it occurred on the East Coast, but when it happened there, we are all affected by it because this is our nation.
The Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, American Legion Post 143 and Idaho Patriot Guard Riders all had a presence at the Post Falls ceremony Wednesday morning.