America's Tragedy

Events pay tribute to terror's victims

In previously-scheduled activities as well as in hastily-planned events, tributes and remembrances to the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., will take place in and around Hood River this weekend and next week.

A "Gorge Peace Rally" will be held Saturday from noon until 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hood River Bagel Company. There will be live music and speakers and a chance to "share your concerns and listen to words of healing regarding Tuesday's tragedy," said organizers.

Anderson Tribute Center at 1401 Belmont will open its doors from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in an "open vigil." A memory table with flowers and a large candle will commemorate the victims. A registry may be signed expressing condolences and floral pieces will be accepted and displayed as personal gestures of sympathy.

First Baptist Church will show via satellite down-link a program, "America Prays," on Saturday. The program will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the church, 1889 Belmont Drive.

The Columbia River Fellowship for Peace will hold a meeting for prayer and discussion about recent events, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 616 State Ave.

The Gorge Winds Concert Band will put on a concert Sunday at 7 p.m. at Gateway Presbyterian Church, 1111 Dry Hollow Road in The Dalles. The concert will be a tribute to the victims of Tuesday's attacks.

The City of The Dalles Police Department will host a memorial procession for all public safety agencies in the Mid Columbia on Tuesday as a tribute to the public safety personnel killed in the line of duty in New York City, as well as to all the victims of Tuesday's attacks. Marked police vehicles and fire apparatus will depart from West 8th and Webber streets at noon and follow the normal parade route through town, ending at West 2nd and Webber. All Mid Columbia law enforcememt officers and firefighters invite the public to show their support.

A candlelight vigil and "solidarity" gathering was scheduled to take place at Overlook Memorial Park at 7 p.m. Friday. Participants were asked to bring a candle. The gathering was to be held simultaneously with a nationwide grassroots effort to get people to step outside and light candles at 7 p.m. PST in honor of the tragedy's victims and to show that the country is united against terrorism.

A candlelighting and moment of silence was to take place at Hood River Valley High School's Henderson Stadium beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, before the first home football game of the season.

Just before the national anthem prior to the 7:30 p.m. HRVHS football game, a moment of silence was planned.

A special gathering for youth was scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Church. Ann Harris, director of youth educational ministries at the church said the "informal" gathering would include singing and prayer.

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