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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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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