DENVER — Under two flags they remember several tragedies at Civic Center Park in Denver Tuesday. A huge American and Colorado flag flapped in the gentle breeze over a crowd of several hundred people.
The crowds turning out for Colorado Remembers 9/11: Honoring Our Will to Prevail.
“We watched that plane go into the Towers, the second one. From that moment, my life changed,” says former New Yorker Guy Nahmiach.
Nahmiach will never forget that crisp, September morning 11 years ago in New York, when terrorists brought down both World Trade Center Towers, killing nearly 3,000.
“I saw the smoke for two weeks. I smelled the sulfur for two weeks. And it’s not going away” says Nahmiach.
Not even 11 years later.
Not even 1,600 miles away.
Other former New Yorkers agree.
“It’s very emotional to be here. We had friends who were in the World Trade Center,” says former New Yorker, George Tatz.
“Everyone went to work and they didn’t know what hit them, literally. And they didn’t know how to react. They were scared. They were looking for a way to get out and there was no way to get out,” says Linda Levine.
But Colorado also remembers victims who couldn’t get out of an Aurora movie theater when a lone gunman shot 70 people, killing 12.
“Senseless acts of violence do not define us as a community,” Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan told the crowd.
And they reflect on the state’s devastating and deadly wildfires.
“I know Colorado. I know the men and women are fighters and they don’t give up and I know this state loves a come-from-behind victory,” says Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway, to rousing applause.
A NYC fire truck that survived the raining concrete and metal, along with a steel beam from the World Trade Center, are reminders, we should never forget.
But some think that’s already happened.
“The problem is I think there are too many people in this country, I hate to say this, that forget about that day,” says former New Yorker, Dennis Gelbman.
Several hundred people turned out Tuesday for the nearly 2-hour ceremony.
That’s nowhere near the crowds you’d see for any festival.
But some spectators say that’s part of our country moving forward from tragedies–and not being stuck in sorrow.