Idahoans memorialize those lost on, and since, 9/11

Idahoans memorialize those lost on, and since, 9/11

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on September 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 1:49 PM

BOISE -- It was a day of reflection, appreciation, sadness, and pride as people around the nation, and here in Idaho held memorials on this, the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th.

The day began with a gathering at the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

"We say, 'Never forget,' and we truly mean that," said Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan. "There's sadness for our 343 brothers and really for the 3,000 that lost their lives that day, and then, all of our military. But there's also pride. There's pride in our profession and pride in our country today."

Doan, along with Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson and U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson, spoke to the gathered firefighters, police officers and Boiseans about never forgetting the sacrifice made that day.

"My son's 13, and he hasn't known a world without war and a world without terrorists," said Doan. "It's just my hope and prayer that that can come to an end."

The gathering ended with bells, calling the fallen firefighters home.

Bells rang at the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial as well, with the names of all 55 Idaho soldiers killed in the War on Terror read aloud. The first was Ron Vauk, a Navy Lieutenant Commander from Nampa who was killed in the attack on the Pentagon.

"I'm just overwhelmed by everything that the whole nation has done, and especially Nampa, and the state of Idaho to honor our son," said Dorothy Vauk, Ron's mother. "It's not just our son, it's all the fallen heroes."

Three names were added to the monument, the three soldiers who lost their lives since September 11th of last year. Those are Sergeant Devin Daniels of Council, Sergeant Nathan Beyers of Coeur d'Alene, and Specialist Nicholas Newby, also of Coeur d'Alene.

"I just want it all to end, and for everybody to be able to come home, and we could have peace in our nation," said Vauk.

"It really is the next greatest generation that we have right now," said Brigadier General Alan Gayhart of the Idaho Army National Guard. "Much like Pearl Harbor was, we consider September 11th as our new Pearl Harbor day. It's really great to see Idahoans, citizens come out to support this effort and recognize those sacrifices."

Guns echoed through Boise as a salute to those who fell.

The same sound soared over Emmett as people gathered at the 9/11 Memorial on Freezeout Hill.

"The morning of the attacks, my wife woke me up, and told me, 'You got to see the TV, and what was going on.' Of course, we both became glued to it," said James Olson, the memorial's creator. "It was just so profound. I knew our country would never be the same."

Those taken in the attacks were honored with taps played by a single trumpeter.

"I think it's so important that we don't forget what took place," said Olson. "It's just so powerful."

All to memorialize a day ten years ago that can't, and won't, be forgotten.

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