September 11, 2006
A true testament of the patriotism of the Charlottesville community was on display Monday night. On the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, close to 100 people gathered on the downtown mall for the first ever Charlottesville Peace Concert.
"Our goal is just to remember 911 on its 5th anniversary and just to feel that we're so fortunate in America, that we have peace," Concert Organizer Sheri Iachetta said.
Those in attendance enjoyed the music of four different performances along with guest speakers.
"The thing that was said and happened in Pearl Harbor and they never forget. This will be that Pearl Harbor to many of us for many years to come," Fire Chief Charles Werner said.
For some the event reminded them of how far we've come.
"I think it's great that we continually have our community that comes together in a time of commemoration," Werner continued.
For others, it is a reminder of how far our country still has to go.
"It's safer than it was 5 years ago in my opinion, but it's not totally safe and to do this is wonderful. To keep people's minds on really what happened and what can happen," Charlottesville resident Paul Wood said.
As attendees took part in a candlelit walk to the Free Expression Monument to culminate the evening, one thing was universal: the sense of national community.
"September 11th means something to everybody, you know. Maybe you were in New York and you didn't know anybody, or maybe you were in Charlottesville and you had a sister that died," Cindy Cartwright said.