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Craig reflects on Sept. 11

Flags, personal recollections pay tribute to 9/11 victims

The sun shines through the American flag along Victory Way in Craig. Flags lined the street Thursday in honor of Sept. 11.

— The events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001, affected all residents of the United States of America, regardless of personal ties to the hundreds of casualties that fateful day. Still, as those in Northwest Colorado awoke Thursday morning, the memory of 13 years ago was still fresh in the minds of many.

Like other communities across the nation, people in Craig took some time Thursday to remember 9/11, where they were and how it impacted them as Americans.

KC Hume said the memory of that day still sticks with him, particularly as an emergency responder with both Craig Fire/Rescue and Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

"It's still very vivid for me even today, all these years removed," Hume said.

As in previous years, Hume took part in three separate morning half-staff flag raisings Thursday to pay tribute to the brothers in arms and civilians who lost their lives during Sept. 11, as well as those in the military who went on to fight and even die for their country in the ensuing aftermath.

The sight of red, white and blue was prominent on the date of remembrance that has since been dubbed Patriot Day, with the Rotary Club of Craig lining the main streets of the town with flags, as is custom for significant national dates.

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Rotarian Randy Looper said the tradition is an important one, especially for the sake of future generations who were either too young in 2001 to fully comprehend what was happening or those who have yet to be born.

"Things like the flag help because it helps you to stop and remember how it affected us," he said. "The degree it affects them, people can forget unless you do things like that."

Hume said he thinks the spirit of the date lives on well within Craig.

"I think we continue to educate those individuals as to what it meant for us and continues to mean for us today," he said. "I don't believe it will ever wane."

The credo "Never forget" is one Hume said has become popularized for a reason, in addition to other slogans that may have become overused in the past decade but remain no less crucial retaining the memory of the nearly 3,000 souls lost during 9/11, particularly those who voluntarily gave their lives to assist others.

"All gave some, and some gave all," Hume said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.