Observances mark Patriot Day in county

By Tom Vogt, Columbian Science, Military & History Reporter



The sights and sounds of remembrance — flags and doves, bagpipes and bells — will mark Patriot Day ceremonies Monday around Clark County.

Several public events, which will include participants from local first-response agencies, will honor those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

• Vancouver: A 9 a.m. ceremony will be held in front of City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St. It will include the combined Vancouver Police and Vancouver Fire Honor Guard, musical performances, a ceremonial Vancouver Fire Department bell ringing and Vancouver Veterans of Foreign Wars rifle salute.

Speakers include Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Fire Chief Joe Molina, Police Chief James McElvain and Larry Smith, co-chairman of the Community Military Appreciation Committee.

A wreath will be placed at the flagpole in front of City Hall in honor of all who lost their lives on 9/11, and there will be a dove release. The event is sponsored by the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Waste Connections.

• Camas: The Camas-Washougal Fire Department will hold a 7:20 a.m. 9/11 observance in front of Station 41, 616 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas.

• Hockinson: Fire District 3 will hold an 8 a.m. memorial ceremony at the Hockinson fire station, 17718 N.E. 159th St.

Fire personnel will place hundreds of flags in front of the station and they will be on display all day Monday to honor the victims of the attack and the four sites where they were killed.