Locals Honor September 11th Victims

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 11, 2005

Four years after terrorists attacked the United States, the county mourned the loss of so many. 9-11 brought about some of the most heroic stories of our time, and this weekend, local citizens honored those involved.

Charlottesville residents poured into court square to honor those affected by 9-11 in a prayer service on the downtown mall similar to the one held four years ago.

"[We are] doing it to praise God and remember those who died during 9-11," said Charlottesville resident Kim Doerr.

The community also lit candles for those affected by the hurricane.

"Both represent [a] significant time of suffering in our nation," said organizer Mark Beliles. "Now with the natural disaster there is a significant time of wounding and hurt in our nation, and because of that time of hurt people are suffering."

Speakers shared their personal updates from the Gulf Coast. The owner of the Starlight Express, for example, who delivered 2 buses and one truck full of supplies, spoke of the people's gratefulness who received them in Mississippi. City Counselor Rob Schilling was also on the trip South.

"[We needed] cleaning supplies, toothpaste, toiletries, towels, clothing, anything that you can think of, a lot of food. People were driving up in cars from miles around. They had no idea that we were going to be there because we didn't know where we were going to be. It was amazing," said Schilling.

The crowd sang and passed the flame not only for remembrance, but also to look ahead.

"I think it shows everyone in the town how united we can be in times of trouble," said Doerr.

"We still are at risk and we always have to be prepared, but as a community come together and not be divided against each other, but to pray for one another to pray for God's help that God would protect this nation," added Beliles.

Several people who attended that service are planning to make future trips to the gulf.

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