‘Bound by a
Express Staff Writer
the Wood River Valley vigils and religious ceremonies were held last week
to mourn those killed, missing and injured in the terrorist attacks Sept.
11 against New York City and Washington, D.C., and those who sacrificed
their lives in the skies over Pennsylvania.
candlelight vigil was held at Giacobbi Square in Ketchum Tuesday evening
in response to the day’s horrific events that unfolded before our eyes
in a barrage of TV coverage. Close to 100 valley residents met to light
candles, hold hands and observe a moment of silence.
to President Bush’s declaration of a national day of prayer and
remembrance, an Interfaith Service was held Friday afternoon at St. Thomas
Episcopal Church in Ketchum. Participating were the Wood River Jewish
Community, the Presbyterians, Muslims, Buddhists, Catholics, Light on the
Mountain Church and Episcopalians.
began with the whole congregation of more than 250 singing
"America." Each church leader or representative then read a
statement or prayer, including a letter of condolence written by the Dali
Lama. Each was followed by a Taizé Chant, "By Night."
were said toward the end of the service. The first was, "We gather as
people of different faiths, different traditions, but bound by a common
tragedy and our shared humanity. We hold in prayer those for whom our
ended with a singing of "Let There be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin
Friday afternoon the Wood River High School’s homecoming parade in
Hailey was halted for several minutes to observe a moment of silence.
ceremony was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Friday at
noon, and broadcast nationwide, another national rite was being plotted.
alerted millions of people to step outside their doors, stop their cars,
or step out of their establishments and light a candle. on Friday at 6
p.m. (8 p.m. MST). The message was "We will show the world that
Americans are strong and united together against terrorism."
response, a candlelight vigil was held at the Forest Service Park in
along Main Street patrons of restaurants left their food on the tables,
stood outside and lit candles. The observance was silent, save for the
beeping of several car horns in support as people drove by.
And in a
truly all-American manner, just before the homecoming game began, each
team put their helmets on the 40 yard line and stood still along with the
cheerleaders. The head referee held a candle, which the captain of each
team lit, then the teams and spectators observed a moment of silence. Also
during the homecoming game, a hat was passed through the stands to raise
money to donate to the Red Cross.
many signs of patriotism all over the valley, more flags are flying than
normal, cars carry small flags and windows are adorned with flags, as is
usually only seen in wartime.
River Fire and Rescue Chief Bart Lassman submitted a letter to be read at
the interfaith service, in it he wrote, "for those of us who know
some of those who have departed this earth, there is no greater respect
you can pay to another human being than to carry on with your life."