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Board declares 'Patriot Day'

A powerfully-worded resolution drawn up by the Board of Island County Commissioners acknowledges the hard lessons of last year’s terrorist attacks, as Sept. 11 was proclaimed “Patriot Day” in observance of the one-year anniversary of what has come to be known notoriously as 9/11.

On Monday, the board unanimously passed Resolution C-70-02, subtitled “A Tribute to Everyday Heroes,” in recognition of the assaults in New York and Washington, D.C. The terrorists stunned the world by hijacking four commercial airliners, crashing them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Passengers on a fourth plane managed to get enough control to crash into a field in Pennsylvania.

After acknowledging the blunt horror of the atrocity felt by its victims and those who witnessed the event both near and from afar, the resolution moves on to celebrate in solemn tones the resilience, spirit and strength of the American people in the aftermath of 9/11.

Commissioner Bill Thorn read aloud the full text of the resolution prior to its passage. “In the time since the terrorist attacks, America has grown,” Thorn read. “Citizens of Island County and all Americans celebrate our Nation’s resiliency and remember the sacrifices of our new-found heroes.

“It is fitting to observe this somber, yet important, anniversary,” he continued.

The board’s Patriot Day resolution places itself in the larger context of a national day of remembrance being proclaimed by the U.S. Congress. It calls for flags to be flown at half-staff. A moment of silence is also recommended, in honor of the “‘everyday heroes’ who make a profound difference in the community — from our firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, city and town police officers, emergency service workers, to those who volunteer at non-profit organizations and community groups, etc.”

The board of commissioners, so reads the final line of the resolution, “continue to recommend that citizens support relief efforts by giving blood at the nearest available blood donation center.”

Sept. 11 service

The city of Oak Harbor is planning a waterfront memorial service for the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks. See story A3.

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