At the September 11, 2018 City Council Meeting, Mayor Mike Bawden asked those present to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of those lost in terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania seventeen years earlier. He then presented the following proclamation:
Whereas On a sunny morning in New York City seventeen years ago, the world looked on in horror as hijackers took control of two passenger jets and attacked the World Trade Center towers; and
Whereas That same day, more hijackers took control of two other passenger jets, one striking the Pentagon in Washington, DC and another jet, presumably heading for a target in Washington, was forced to crash into a field in Pennsylvania; and
Whereas First responders from New York, New Jersey and across the region immediately sprung into action to save lives and keep people safe, with many of these brave souls making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty; and
Whereas Even after the events of the day had shocked us all, we continued to watch in awe for months as these first responders and other from across the nation – police, fire, emergency medical personnel and others – continued in the service of others as their attempts to rescue victims of terrorism eventually turned to recovery; and
Whereas The date of the attack, September 11, coincidentally shares the same numerical formula as the national standard for calling help from a community’s first responders, 9-1-1; then
Therefore be it resolved that I, Michael Bawden, Mayor of the City of Riverdale, ask the citizens of our City to pause and reflect today on the sacrifices made then and every time a first responder answers a call for help from someone in their most urgent times of need.
Let today, and every September 11thbe known as
FIRST RESPONDER DAY in Riverdale, Iowa
IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
Michael Bawden, Mayor
City of Riverdale
A signed copy of the proclamation can be viewed by clicking here.