Quieter ceremony planned for Sept. 11 this year

In contrast to last year, Sept. 11 will be remembered with quiet dignity this year.

"Sept. 11 will always be a day we remember and last year, being the one- year anniversary, it was critical as a state we put our best foot forward," said Greg Bortolin, press secretary for Gov. Kenny Guinn.

That meant services in both Las Vegas and Carson City with speeches by several religious groups, performances by choirs, a 21-gun salute and flyovers by military aircraft as governor read a proclamation.

Both events drew hundreds of people.

"This year, the governor would like to do a simpler ceremony," said Bortolin.

He said that means some of the trappings like the military flyovers and choirs will be absent.

"It's definitely going to be a somber day. In fact, the president's message last night was pretty somber. We're far from out of the woods and our country is still dealing with what happened two years ago."

A Carson City remembrance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Nevada Firefighters' Memorial at Mills Park.

Bortolin said Nevada police and firemen are expected to be represented. He said there will also be representatives from the New York Fire Department.

He said Guinn and first lady Dema Guinn will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks which killed 3,000. Bortolin said details of the event are still being worked out.


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