Desert Messenger

September 21, 2011

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October 5, 2011 HOPE FROM PAGE 1 special night of hope for a better future for our country and our people, and also as a way of honoring those who gave their lives that infamous day. We were especially honoring the men and women who bravely entered the crum- bling towers to save others, it is a rare person who willingly goes into a dan- gerous situation with no thoughts for themselves but to help others in need. Their legends of sacrifice will always live on in our hearts. The vigil started at 7 p.m., with the welcome from Michelle Lukkasson and the opening prayer from Pastor Bruce Swart. The VFW Post 769 Hon- or Guard posted the flags, and Dennis Dole, State Commander, spoke of the men and women who still get up ev- ery day in a foreign land doing their best to try to put an end to the violence and hatred to ensure a good life for the people in these countries so they can enjoy their freedoms as we do. Linda Hobby accompanied by Danny (didn't get his last name) sang several pa- triotic songs, and talked about the simi- larities of this event with the Civil War. Police Chief Jeff Gilbert spoke about the men and women who gave their lives and how this event has changed things. Fire Chief Kevin Hess put together a great slide show, the images of 9-11 he showed were accompanied by the pledge of al- legiance, and the photos were emotional and unforgettable. Mayor Jose Lizzarraga also spoke, thanking everyone for coming and sharing his thoughts about the attacks and how it affected him as a firefighter and paramedic. He remembers getting the call about it at home and going to the fire station and watching with his brother firefighters the events unfold- ing on the tv—over 350 firefighters were lost that day, along with over 60 police and many other first respond- ers. It was a sad day for them all as they watched their comrades being brought out on stretchers or in body bags. It takes a special love for others to willingly go into danger like that, knowing you might not make it out, and for their families to know what chances they are taking. Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear read spoke words that were written by President George Bush after the attacks, where he promised that this country would not be cowed or defeated by those who try to de- stroy it. I spoke about the area in Celia's Rainbow Gardens that will be dedicated to all the heroes who gave their lives, and also those who still put their lives on the line for our community every day. I have been privileged to work with the first responders in town for many years, and they deserve a lot of thanks for looking after our town and our people. Anita Carlson and Joe Winslow, from Operation Hero Comfort, had a table set up with several sets of cards that people signed to thank our troops over in harm's way. We now have 5 units that we send pack- ages to several times a month, and they will go out in this week's box- es. They also gave out flags to ev- eryone there. I am proud to be part of this great organization. I would have been at the table with them, but I was busy putting out cookies and lemonade next to them. Many others got up and spoke about where they were when 9-11 occurred. After they spoke, every- one lighted their candles while Pastor Mike Hobby said the closing prayer. It was a very moving cer- emony, and I hope that it will con- tinue to be a part of every Sept. 11, so no one will ever forget how this effected our lives. We hope that Quartzsite Coachworks On Site RV Repair A/C • Electrical • Plumbing • Roof Repair • All Appliances RV Specialist PO Box 5082 • Quartzsite, AZ 85359 760-799-2370 Serving the RVing Community since 1977 there will never be another day like this one, but if there ever is, we will deal with it with a spirit of country that no one can take away from us. The Centennial Committee would like to thank all the participants who helped make this such a suc- cessful and emotional event. They all worked very hard to get as many people as possible to join together to remember. A big thanks also to everyone who came out and shared this emotional remembrance cer- emony. It was especially good to see the children who came waving their flags and learning something about what happened before some of them were even born. Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a special Night of Hope. Help available for seniors Screening is available to the elder- ly, frail and disabled throughout La Paz County. Case management ser- vices are being offered by Catholic Community Services to determine eligibility for services of home- delivered meals for those that are homebound. Other services in- clude housekeeping, personal care and respite. If interested in any of these services, please call the Aging and Disability Hotline at 1-800-782-1886. Gunny's MILITARY MUSEUM now in Quartzsite! • U. S. Military Memorabilia • From WWI to present • Historical • Educational • Beautiful Displays • Men & Women's Uniforms Sat. Oct. 1st • 9am-5pm A Tribute to the Veterans and Their Families for their Service to God and Country! 735 W. Ocotillo Lane, Quartzsite, Arizona (2 blocks north of Mt. Quail Cafe off N. Moon Mt.) For more information, contact 256-426-7927 Page 7 Hospice of Havasu needs volunteers Do you have time to make a differ- ence? Hospice of Havasu has been providing compassionate care for Parker area patients and families since 1982 and is in need of volun- teers. As little as two hours a week and one can enjoy social visits, comfort someone or just be a good listener. For more information call toll-free 1-888-468-2111 or go online at

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