Kitsap remembers Sept. 11

On Sept. 11, 2001, and the days following, newspapers, television and radio provided non-stop coverage of the terrorist attacks and the aftermath. Likewise, one year later, there will be no shortage of events of the tragedy.

Several ceremonies and dedications will take place throughout the city and the county Sept. 11.

l Bremerton Police Department Officer Spencer Berntsen will lead a climb to the summit of Mount Rainier as part of the Cops On Top Sept. 11 Memorial Climbing Expedition. Cops On Top has done expeditions for the past four years to honor officers killed in the line of duty. Climbing teams will summit the highest peaks in 13 other states on the same day. Rainier is perhaps the most dangerous climb.

“It’s just one foot in front of the other and you are just careful about what you are doing,” Berntsen said.

Berntsen, Bremerton’s Westpark Officer, has been mountaineering for a couple years and this will mark his third Rainier ascent. Berntsen and six other police officers and firefighters will attempt to reach the 14,411-foot summit early on the 11th if conditions allow.

One officer came from New Jersey to participate.

A plaque donated by Evergreen Trophies will be placed at the top in remembrance of the 71 police officers and 344 firefighters who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.

“I want people to realize the hazards that are involved in our work on a daily basis,” Berntsen said.

Anyone interested in making the hike to Camp Muir on Sept. 10 can contact Berntsen at 377-3528.

l Kitsap United in Memory: A Sept. 11 Remembrance, will take place from 7-8 p.m. at Bremerton High’s Memorial Stadium. The Navy Band Northwest will play from 6:30-7 p.m.

The program will include three speeches made by a Red Cross Volunteer and a search and rescue worker who worked at Ground Zero, and a Navy captain who was working at the Pentagon and musical performances. A candle lighting will follow.

l The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights will dedicate a garden of memory and hope in recognition of the anniversary at 8 a.m. at Island Lake Park in Silverdale.

A short ceremony will take place at the lakeside garden. People are encouraged to visit the garden and take a stone from an urn at the park and place it in the garden as a pledge to contribute an act of hope.

Visit the County’s Website,, for ideas of acts of hope.

l The Kitsap County Historical Society Museum will present a temporary exhibit which will include newspaper clippings, letters, e-mails, posters and videos exploring basic freedoms and how Sept. 11 has touched our community. Visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and observations in writing to become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

The exhibit will run through the 14th and admission will be free.

l Local fire departments will dedicate a plaque at the Bremerton Boardwalk in memory of the New York City firefighters who lost their lives. A small ceremony will take place at 9 a.m.

Memorial and prayer services.

l Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Fifth Street and Veneta Avenue, will have a memorial mass at 7 p.m.

l The Unity Church of Bremerton, 1712 Trenton Ave., will celebrate Unity World Day of Prayer on Sept. 11 with a prayer vigil from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m.

l St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 700 Callahan Drive, will have a memorial service with song, prayer and reflection at 7 p.m.

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