The Soldotna City Council will on Wednesday night consider legislation in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
A resolution sponsored by council member Dave Carey would indicate the council’s “support for remembrance” of the event, when terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killed nearly 3,000 people and injured thousands more.
“People around the world continue to mourn the tremendous loss of innocent life on that fateful day and thousands of men and women in the United States Armed Forces remain in harm’s way defending the United States against those who seek to threaten the United States,” the legislation says.
Carey detailed the programs in a memo to the council, writing that the 20th anniversary of the attacks is an opportunity for the city to state its love for America, the military and first responders.
“September 11 will never, and should never, be just another day in the hearts and minds of people of Soldotna,” the legislation says.
Carey noted that following the attacks in 2001 Soldotna residents painted city fire hydrants red, white and blue, with many painting hydrants closest to their house. He also called attention to other demonstrations of patriotism in Soldotna, such as the display of American flags along main city corridors, the placement of a “Bronze Iron Mike” statue at Soldotna Creek Park and other local projects carried out by students and community members.
“The People of Soldotna have a long and patriotic history of stating our love of country, our flag, our veterans, our children and our values,” Carey wrote in the memo.
The council’s Wednesday night meeting can be streamed on the city’s website at soldotna.org.
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