Community turns out for 9/11 remembrance ceremony
by: lori hall Citizens of West Linn and surrounding communities dropped flowers into the Willamette River in honor of those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. Inset: A flower floats down the river after the remembrance ceremony.

Despite the high temperatures, nearly 200 people attended West Linn's 9/11 remembrance ceremony Sunday.

The solemn occasion was held at Willamette Park's boat ramp. The event's organizer and West Linn resident, Dean Suhr, opened the ceremony with a few words and memories from Sept. 11, 2001, and how powerful that day was to him.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden also spoke at the event, along with West Linn Mayor John Kovash and West Linn Police Chaplain Chuck Bowman.

Also in attendance were West Linn City Council members, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Mike Duyck, West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus and Sgt. Neil Hennelly, as well as firefighters from Tualatin Fire and Rescue stations 57, 58 and 59.

After the speakers, a wreath was dropped into the water from Boat 59. Its bell tolled three sets of five, a traditional firehouse signal that a firefighter was killed.

The service ended with the playing of bagpipes.

Attendees were encouraged to place flowers on the water in memory of those who lost their lives.

In another event commemorating Sept. 11, hundreds of yellow ribbons adorned the West A bridge spanning I-205. Residents were encouraged to attach as many yellow ribbons as they wished to the bridge in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the first responders and the troops.

- Lori Hall

American flag hangs high over Millennium Plaza

For many walking around Lake View Village Sunday afternoon, it was a typical late summer hot afternoon.

A time for family, an afternoon walk or a chance for a bite to eat.

Setting the afternoon apart from a regular Sunday though was the American flag, hung high above the community's living room from the top of one of Lake Oswego's fire department ladder trucks.

The flag and engine helped set the backdrop for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony held by Lake Oswego firefighters and police officers who gathered at Millennium Plaza Park.

With a crowd of more than 150 people taking shelter under the trees and in the shade from the sweltering heat, Bert Kyle, Lake Oswego's fire chaplain read the Fireman's Prayer.

Four members of the Lake Oswego Police Department's Honor Guard set the tone for the ceremony with the posting of the colors. Throughout the ceremony they stood at attention to honor those who lost their lives trying to save others.

Members of each department took turns reading the names of the fire and police comrades from New York City who died during the tragedy at the World Trade Center on 9/11 a decade ago.

Flanking the podium from where they spoke was a set of firefighter's gear, a pair of shiny nozzles from two firehoses and a flower bouquet.

After almost 30 minutes of names being read, a bugler played Taps.

Lake Oswego's own had honored their brothers and sisters who lost their lives trying to save others.

- J. Brian Monihan

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