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Oak Harbor remembers Sept. 11

Oak Harbor remembered the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with a ceremony Saturday in Flintstone Park.

Prayers were aired for the fallen, member of the An-O-chords sang patriotic songs, homage was paid to Old Glory, and solemn notes produced by bagpipe player Drew Dodge brought an thought-provoking end to the affair.

A large U.S. flag suspended between two fire department ladder trucks seemed to protect the small gathering of 100-or-so folks, including many emergency responders, military retirees and their families.

Scott Rhine, Whidbey General Hospital chief executive officer, gave the main address. “Each of us will remember what we were doing that morning,” he said of Sept. 11, challenging the audience to make it a “meaningful motivation to do good.”

Representatives from the Navy and civilian fire departments were on hand, along with state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Oak Harbor police officers. The Sept. 11 ceremony gave Oak Harbor residents an opportunity to salute them, for their continuing efforts to protect their community.

“We need to take a minute every day to remember our loved ones,” said Oak Harbor Fire Chief Mark Soptich.

Oak Harbor remembers Sept. 11

Oak Harbor remembered the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with a ceremony Saturday in Flintstone Park.

Prayers were aired for the fallen, member of the An-O-chords sang patriotic songs, homage was paid to Old Glory, and solemn notes produced by bagpipe player Drew Dodge brought an thought-provoking end to the affair.

A large U.S. flag suspended between two fire department ladder trucks seemed to protect the small gathering of 100-or-so folks, including many emergency responders, military retirees and their families.

Scott Rhine, Whidbey General Hospital chief executive officer, gave the main address. “Each of us will remember what we were doing that morning,” he said of Sept. 11, challenging the audience to make it a “meaningful motivation to do good.”

Representatives from the Navy and civilian fire departments were on hand, along with state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Oak Harbor police officers. The Sept. 11 ceremony gave Oak Harbor residents an opportunity to salute them, for their continuing efforts to protect their community.

“We need to take a minute every day to remember our loved ones,” said Oak Harbor Fire Chief Mark Soptich.

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