Northwest NEWS

August 19, 2002

Local News

Woodinville plans ceremony to remember the 3,367 who lost their lives Sept. 11

by Bronwyn Wilson
   Senior Staff Reporter
   As a kid, Chandler "Chad" Keller loved rockets and liked to launch them with his dad. His interest never left him and he grew up to become a Boeing propulsion engineer. He was 29 years old when he boarded American Airlines Flight 77 last Sept. 11. He had just concluded a business trip in Washington, D.C., and was on his way back home in California, looking forward to seeing his wife. But as the world now knows, Chad never made it home.
   This Sept. 11, the citizens of Woodinville will remember the victims of that day a year ago, a day that still leaves the country saddened and shaken. The memorial event, scheduled 6 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, will honor all 3, 367 victims in a special program of music, prayers and remembrances. Local church leaders, representatives from police, fire, government, armed forces, American Red Cross and Morgan Stanley will join in the tribute.
   The ceremony will open with the presentation of the flags at half-mast as Edward Channon offers a beautiful tune on his bagpipe. After the national anthem and a welcoming, City Manager Pete Rose will sing, along with others, a song that comes from a poem he penned after 9-11 last year. Mayor Hageman, Police Chief Ken Wardstrom, Fire Chief Steve Smith, firefighter Ross Van Vactor and many others will follow by reading biographies of some victims.
   A representative from Woodinville Fire and Life Safety will honor the 343 firefighters who died at the World Trade Center by tolling the bell in a 5-5-5 signal, a signal firefighters use when a brother firefighter has been killed in the line of duty. In addition, every name of every victim will be read aloud off-stage throughout the entire ceremony. Lit candles will commence the evening as the flags come down and Channon closes with 'Amazing Grace' on the bagpipe.
   The city currently seeks volunteers to read victim names at the event. If interested in participating, contact Communications Coordinator Marie Stake at (425) 877-2267.