The week of Sept. 9 – 15 has been declared Patriotism Week in the Town of Parker. The Proclamation was read during the Sept. 3 Town Council meeting by Mayor Dan Beaver and Joan Hall, the Exalted Ruler of the Parker Elks Lodge, BPOE 1929.
The La Paz County Board of Supervisors approved a similar proclamation at their Sept. 3 meeting.
In the middle of the week, Wednesday, Sept. 11, is the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Islamic extremists flew hijacked airliners into several targets. Approximately 3,000 people were killed in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. and on a hijacked airliner that crashed in rural Pennsylvania.
The date is now often referred to as “9-11.” The date has become a national observance known as Patriot’s Day.
The Proclamation notes the Elks are a patriotic organization, and that our freedoms were won through great sacrifice. It goes on to say that, “each generation must work to maintain this freedom, otherwise, through carelessness or indifference, the rights and liberties enjoyed may vanish.”
The Proclamation urges all citizens to join with the Elks in, “expressing gratitude for the privilege of American citizenship with appropriate celebrations and observances.”
According to USA Today, more people were killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks than were killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The World Trade Center was destroyed as both towers collapsed. Many people who were in the area, including first responders, later developed illnesses related to breathing the dust on 9-11.