Baha'i News -- Sandpoint to gather, remember Monday, September 9, 2002


Sandpoint to gather, remember

Event will honor those who died Sept. 11 and those who protect North Idaho residents

Patty Hutchens

SANDPOINT -- The wounds are starting to heal. The memories slightly faded. But the pain lingers.

As the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks approaches, Sandpoint residents will hold a community memorial service.

Members of several different faiths will come together to pray for and honor those who died and those who serve the community in heroic ways.

Bayview resident Nancy Ward and Bonner County Daily Bee publisher David Keyes are planning the memorial service set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sandpoint Middle School gymnasium.

Ward, working with a coalition of Sandpoint area churches, had already booked the gymnasium when she learned that Keyes, too, was planning a memorial event.

"We just joined forces so people would not have to run all over attending different events," Ward said.

The response from the community has been overwhelming.

As word got out about the memorial service, Keyes said he heard from more and more people eager to participate.

"It will be a real dose of patriotism," he said.

"Not necessarily looking back, but looking at how far we have come."

A highlight of the service will be a performance by the Air Force Band of the Rockies from Colorado Springs, Colo. The band was scheduled to perform in Sandpoint on Sept. 12 of last year. They were unable to appear because of the attacks.

About a month ago, Keyes received a call from the Air Force Band asking if he would like them to perform this year. After he accepted the offer, the band asked if Keyes would like a performance on the 11th or the 12th.

"I hesitated about a tenth of a second before saying the 11th," Keyes said.

The lead pastor for the event is Matthew Lombard from the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Sandpoint. He and his wife, Judy, have been instrumental in putting together the service.

Lombard sent a letter to all the churches he was aware of in the community inviting them to participate.

"Prayer is going to be a big part of it," he said. There will be a brief reflection on the spiritual significance of Sept. 11 as well as a time of prayer led by local pastor Steve Nickodemus.

What Lombard says started as a community prayer service has grown to include music and presentations.

Seven plaques will be presented in honor of those who serve to protect North Idaho residents. They will recognize local firefighters, police officers, sheriff's deputies and paramedics.

The memorial service will end a day of events throughout the community. Events include a peace vigil planned by the Quakers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in front of the Tolerance sculpture at the Bonner County Courthouse.

" (At the memorial service) there will be a time of silence when people will be encouraged to pray for the families of the victims of September 11th," Lombard said. "I do not think that we as a nation or as Christians should forget and go on. We need to remember what happened."

Memorial services

Churches, law enforcement officers and firefighters throughout the Panhandle will host memorial services to remember those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Services include:

Kootenai County

•Coeur d'Alene -- North Idaho College is hosting an event focused on healing the wounds of Sept. 11. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, honor guards from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department and Kootenai County firefighters will present the flag. After a moment of silence in honor of those who died last year, Barry Richards, a clinical traumatologist, will speak about how to recover and heal after a traumatic event. For more information, call political science instructor Tony Stewart at (208) 769-3325.

•Post Falls -- Houses of worship will join American Legion Post 143 and citizens of Post Falls, Rathdrum and Hauser Lake in commemorating Patriot Day on Wednesday. Bells will be rung, followed by a moment of silence, at the times of each of the four attacks. The bells will ring at 8:45 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:43 a.m. and 10 a.m. Those are the respective times of the crashes of American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower of the World Trade Center, United Airlines Flight 175 into the south tower, American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 into a Pennsylvania field. A noon commemoration ceremony will follow at the Grand Pavilion in Q'Emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls.

•Coeur d'Alene -- The Sweet Adelines International's Coeur d'Alene Chorus will join members of the singing group from around the world in a Sing Out for Peace. The Coeur d'Alene chorus will perform patriotic tributes at four fire stations in Kootenai County. The public is invited to join the chorus at any of the four sites. They are: Post Falls/Kootenai County Fire District Main Station at 9:30 a.m.; Coeur d'Alene City Fire District Station No. 3 on 15th Street at 10:30 a.m.; Northern Lakes Fire District, Hayden Station at 11:30 a.m.; and Timberlake Fire District, Station No. 1 on state Highway 54 at 12:30 p.m.

•Post Falls -- Calvary Lutheran Church Special remembrance service -- The church bell will ring Wednesday morning during the four separate times of the terrorist attacks, and again at noon for the service. The sanctuary will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for prayer. 1011 N. Compton St. Post Falls. Information: 773-5321.

•Spirit Lake -- A 9/11 memorial service is planned in the park on Maine Street at 6 p.m. Music, a flower display and speakers are planned. The public is encouraged to bring flowers to display. Information: 664-9503.

Benewah County

•St. Maries/Bovill

Two memorial gatherings will be held Wednesday to honor those who died during the Sept. 11 attacks. A candlelight vigil that also will honor local emergency and law enforcement personnel is set for 6:30-9 p.m. at the St. Maries football field. The second event will begin at 6 p.m. at Caroline's Park in Bovill. A concert by L.G. Senelly and PJ Destiny along and a free chili-feed are also open to the public.

Latah County

•Moscow -- University of Idaho faculty, staff and students will join the Moscow Fire Department and other community members in a flag-raising Wednesday. At 8:42 a.m., the university's carillon bells will ring three times, then four times, then three times, in memory of the 343 firefighters who died in the attacks in New York City. The entire campus in Moscow and UI branches throughout the region will observe a moment of silence. The flag-raising will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Idaho Commons Food Court. A complete list of UI activities is available at

Spokane County

•Spokane -- A diverse gathering of faith groups will host daily prayer services in Riverfront Park for 11 days beginning Wednesday.

The Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries will launch its "Eleven Days of Peace" with a ceremony in the Lilac Bowl at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The ceremony will close with the tolling of bells at 7:30 a.m. -- the council is asking all churches in Spokane to toll their bells at the same time.

Daily vigils will be held at noon at the Clock Tower through Sept. 20 and each will be led by a different faith group. The schedule includes the United Church of Christ, the Islamic community, Buddhists, Mormons, the Sisters of the Holy Names, the Baha'i, the Greater Spokane Association of Evangelicals and the Community of Christ.

Organizers also have planned several forums at Gonzaga University. A one-person play called "American Voices" will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the COG at DeSmet Avenue and Dakota Street on Gonzaga's campus. It's free and open to the public. A community discussion will follow each performance.

An academic forum on "9/11: Justice or Revenge?" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Jepson Auditorium.

A closing ceremony will be held in the Riverfront Park Lilac Bowl at 7 p.m Sept. 21.

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