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On today's 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will lead a ceremony commemorating Idaho military members who died fighting terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, starting at 10 a.m. at the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial, at 514 Jefferson St., in front of the former Capitol Annex now called the Idaho Law Learning Center. There, the names of the fallen soldiers are engraved as part of the memorial. The solemn commemoration will include presentations to the families of the four Idaho soldiers killed in the past year.
Today, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the names of all 62 of Idaho's fallen soldiers since that day were read at a ceremony at the new Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial, located in front of the Capitol Annex near the state capitol. Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter alternated reading the names, the dates and where they died; the list started with two Idaho military members who died at the Pentagon in the Sept. 11 attack, Ronald Vauk and Brady Howell. Most on the list died in Iraq, and the most recent, in Afghanistan. After each name, date and location was read, a uniformed military member pointed out the name on the memorial's plaques where the names are engraved, and a bell was struck; more than 100 people gathered for the ceremony, including families of the fallen soldiers.
The memorial honors Idahoans from all branches of the military who were killed since Sept. 11. It includes seven who died in the past year: Robert Dyas, Ryan Sharp, Kenneth Cochran, Daniel Brown, Chris Workman, Cody Moosman, and Ethan Martin.
The National 9/11 Flag is on display in Idaho's state capitol today, where the tattered American flag that was destroyed in the collapse of the World Trade Center 10 years ago is being repaired with a patch from each of the 50 states; today is Idaho's turn.
Here, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter takes a stitch; others who showed up on the second floor of the Capitol rotunda, from young students to wounded warriors, got a chance to do likewise. Idaho's patch for the flag was constructed of fabric from a flag that flew over the Idaho National Guard Joint Force Headquarters; each state's patch is coming from American flags that were bound for retirement. The flag was first stitched back together by tornado survivors in Greensburg, Kansas seven years after the 9/11 attacks. There's more info here.
Both of Idaho’s U.S. senators and the congressman representing North Idaho have issued statements today on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, honoring the sacrifices of those who protect Americans and remembering the attacks and how they affected the nation. Click below to read their full statements.
Everyone’s deeply aware of the significance of today, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In commemoration, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a proclamation this morning recognizing Sept. 11 as a day of service and remembrance; today is the first official, national “Day of Service and Remembrance” established by the president and Congress to “honor the sacrifices of 9/11 heroes, and engage more Americans in serving their communities.”
Said Otter, “One of the best measures of our character as a community, and our civic virtue as individuals, is the degree to which we are willing to reach out to our neighbors in time of need. Idaho is richly endowed with citizens who put their good will into action through volunteerism and service. This is a day to recognize them, and that ability in all of us.”
The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, along with several other organizations, is encouraging Idahoans to volunteer in their community in commemoration today, and continue their volunteer efforts throughout the year. Click below to read the governor’s full proclamation.