The people of Colorado paid their respect to those who died in the 9/11 tragedy and honored the military, firefighters, paramedics, and police officers as heroes at the Colorado Remembers 9/11 10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert at Civic Center Park in Denver. There was an estimated 35,000 people in attendance, a lot of them were born after September 11, 2001.
When asked what kids born after September 11th should know about that day, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said "They should know that a lot of people lost their lives. There were also a lot of heroes who went to work trying to save and protect the American way of life."
"I think kids should know that in this country we all come together. Even though we can lose a battle, we can win the war," said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. A short parade from the steps of the Capitol to the stage in front of the City and County building started the ceremony. There were police officers, firefighters, paramedics and people from the military. It started with bagpipes and then you could hear the drum rolls. All the emergency services marched in.
"It is important to remember those that sacrificed their lives on that day to save other people's lives," said Gina Clark, a firefighter from Franktown. "There were 411 emergency responders that day that went into a very horrible situation, while there was a lot of chaos, and sacrificed a lot to try to save lives because that is just what we do. They didn't think twice that day, they just went in and did their job."
Hickenlooper, Hancock, Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett, Representative Diana DeGette, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar gave heartfelt speeches, followed by a 21 gun salute. Then 4 jets flew over. While the speeches were very serious, there is no need for kids to worry. Kids should keep their eyes open and report suspicious activity. "They should talk to their parents or a teacher or a police officer or another responsible adult. Kids shouldn't worry because we have made our country much, much safer. They shouldn't be worried about their safety or security," said DeGette.
Courtney Fanch was at the ceremony and she thought it was good. "It brings all the people in Denver together to remember the tragedy that happened on 9/11."
After the speeches the Beach Boys performed. They played hits like "I Get Around", "California Girls", "Surfer Girl", and " God Only Knows". "Our music doesn't really tie into 9/11," said Mike Love. "We're positive. We want people to think 'Good Vibrations' and 'Fun Fun Fun'." Even though young kids may not know their music, they know how to have a good time. Many moved from the grassy area to the cool water at the Sea Lion Fountain to have some fun.