“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
— Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

This past week is one I will not soon forget. I had the opportunity to join Frank Siller and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation on the first leg of Frank’s Never Forget Walk, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We started in Arlington, VA at the Arlington County Fire Station #5.

The captain for station 5 told the story of his very first fire call as a fireman--and it came on September 11, 2001. He was assigned to drive one of the firetrucks (also for the first time) that responded to the Pentagon. As he shared his story, I couldn’t help but look around and see the faces of so many other first responders as they remembered their own experiences that day. There is a distinct brotherhood and bond between these men and women who witnessed the devastation and destruction of that day. 

As part of the 9/11 project, members of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) have agreed to allow us to record some of their stories and they will be included in our interactive museum. For these men and women, September 11th was a defining moment in their lives. Their choice to serve was already a commitment to do good, but 9/11/01 created a sense of mission and devotion deeper than they perhaps would have had otherwise.

I hope you will all join us at the Weber County Fairgrounds September 9-11th and Remember what happened, Experience the event and aftermath and also Commit to making our great community even better. 
Jennie Taylor
We Remember!
Tunnel to Towers
The mission of Tunnel to Towers is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who lost his life to save others on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

This organization sponsors programs such as the Fallen First Responder Home Program which pays off the mortgages of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty or to 9/11 related illness and leave behind young children. The Foundation’s goal is to ensure stability and security for these families facing sudden, tragic losses. Learn more by clicking below
We Experience!
This week we met with our last round of cities in Weber to gain more support from the county. We visited Uintah, Roy, Ogden and Riverdale. Each city was enthusiastic to help with the project. Having the support of the cities in Weber County has been beneficial to the execution of this project. 

Each city will be spotlighted in the interactive museum. The cities have space to display three photos and a small write-up that represents their city. We want to pay tribute to the amazing county that we are a part of.  
We Commit!
Fallen Firefighters "Fire Ride"
One of the great community events we are partnering with as part of the Weber Remembers Project is the annual American Fallen Firefighters “Fire Ride.” This ride features hundreds of motorcycle riders as they travel from Salt Lake City to the amphitheater in downtown Ogden. At the conclusion of the memorial Fire Ride, a beautiful ceremony is held each year to speak the names and honor the memories of our nation’s most recently-fallen firefighters. The names of the previous year’s fallen are then unveiled on the majestic wall that is part of the American Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park. That wall is inscribed with the names of every known fallen firefighter in America since the late 1800s! Yes! That’s right--and it’s right here in Ogden. 

If you haven’t checked out the memorial park, make plans to do so soon! And if you want to join us for the Fallen Firefighters Ceremony, it will start at 12:00 noon in the Ogden Amphitheater. It’s an event you’ll definitely not want to miss!
Countdown to the Event
34 Days!
Did You Know?
The Weber Remembers: The 9/11 Project logo features a rendering of the two Twin Towers before they fell, superimposed over Ogden’s own majestic Mount Ben Lomond

Lead-up to September 2001
"All or Nothing" by American boy band O-Town was the number 1 song of the Billboard Mainstream top 40. The pop ballad was released on March 20, 2001, as the second single from their debut album. It sat at number 1 from July 28, 2001 until August 18, 2001.
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