September 12, 2012
A few dozen employees of Alliance Community Hospital gathered on the facility’s Rooftop Garden yesterday to commemorate Patriot Day.
“We are gathered here to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2011, a day that will forever be seared in our minds,” said ACH Chief Financial & Operating Officer, Dale Wells, MBA, CHCE as he welcomed colleagues to the short service, which began at 9AM.
“We reflect on this particular time of the morning when, 11 years ago almost to the minute, the south tower of World Trade Center was struck and our daily lives were altered forever in certain ways. We remain thankful for the men and women who defend our rights and freedoms today and always,” said Wells.
Several brief selections were then read aloud. “I Am the Flag” was read by Susan Feller, then Nicole Russ read “The Eleventh of September.” Next “Let There Be Peace on Earth” was recited by Barbara Dragomir, followed by “The Prayer of St. Francis” which was read by Patty Kimerer, who also narrated an original column about September 11, 2001.
“I will never forget that 3,000 innocent lives were stolen and that, in the face of the most unimaginable terrorist attack on our soil, ordinary people gave of themselves in the most selflessly extraordinary ways possible,” said Kimerer.
She noted, “Yes, thanks to Sept. 11, I will never forget that it is the way I treat others - every day - that really matters.”
“As we all go about our busy daily lives, may we keep sight of the things that are most important,” concluded Wells.