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"Today is a day of remembrance, a day of sorrow and a day to stand proud," said Lynne Young, Eau Claire City Council vice president.
"We gather here in freedom to remember the tragedy of one year ago; to honor those who were lost and those who are left behind," she
said."We are also here to thank those who have spent the last year toiling to ensure that this tragedy not be repeated.And finally, we are here in freedom to remind the perpetrators of that deadly day that they did not, can not and will never be able to defeat the spirit that is America."
More than 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001, after terrorists hijacked four planes, smashing two of them into the World Trade Center
in New York and crashing a third into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.The fourth crashed in Pennsylvania.
"There are defining moments in the life of a nation," Young
said."For my father's generation, the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor was a day to live in infamy.My generation will always remember where we were on Nov. 22, 1963, when we heard the news of President Kennedy's assassination.And now, my son's generation will remember Sept. 11, 2001, as the day their lives changed forever."
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Lynne YoungCouncil Member, Eau Claire
Council member Lynne Young walked away with a feeling of accomplishment and said she felt the eight hours of brainstorming were worthwhile.
"They city's changing all the time," Young
said, mentioning she
had not participated in a goal-setting session this comprehensive in her
four years on the council.
"We are now dealing with big city issues," she
said."We've got some real growing pains, and I think that's a lot of what these sheets are -- directly related to growing pains and how we deal with them."
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, 49, said Tuesday she
hadn't made any decision on her
candidacy yet.She is serving her second term on the council.
Middleton decided to seek a council seat in 2001 because he
had experienced the bad and the good of the community, and he
wanted to give something back.
"I want to be where I could be the most useful," said Middleton, who has enjoyed his
first term."I think everyone should run for political office."
believes the city is losing an asset in Boettcher's departure.
"Bev Boettcher is a good listener," said Young
, who sits next to Boettcher at council meetings.
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"Today we felt the city should make a statement that we will condemn this act of violence," said Eau Claire City Council vice president Lynne Young, who presided over the service at City Hall."I felt we needed an avenue to grieve, to pray and to remember.
"All of our lives have changed forever.We will never forget that day."