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9/11 victims remembered 22 years later

by EMILY BONSANT
Staff Writer | September 14, 2023 1:00 AM

BONNERS FERRY — Twenty-two years after the Twin Towers were brought down and the Pentagon was hit, Boundary County first responders and community members continue to come together to honor those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Boundary County Chaplain Corps hosted the annual memorial, allowing those present time to grieve the day that forever shook the country. Chaplain Corps officials said the memorial offers a time to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks and honor their last minutes as many of them fought the hijackers.

The bell was tolled in order to honor the dead at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Shanksville, Pa., and the first responders who perished in New York that horrific day.

A bell is rung in part as a reference to John Donne’s poem “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which identifies the connection between mankind and empathy that one feels for their fellow man. The final five lines read:

Each man's death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.

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(Photo By: EMILY BONSANT)

The American Flag is suspended onto a fire truck and hangs during the local 9/11 celebration in Bonners Ferry.