Carson City observes day of prayer and remembrance

Approximately 175 people attended a Community Prayer Vigil for America at the Captial Chrisitian Center on Wednesday evening.

Approximately 175 people attended a Community Prayer Vigil for America at the Captial Chrisitian Center on Wednesday evening.

Carson City will join the nation today in observing a day of prayer and remembrance for those killed and injured in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

A ceremony on the Capitol steps at noon will allow people of all faiths to come together in a gathering of prayer.

"I think it's the most appropriate thing we can do this far away," said Lary Rothchild, pastor of Capital Christian Baptist Church and president of the Carson City Ministerial Fellowship. "I'm certain it will ease a lot of anxiety and will help them heal."

President George W. Bush called on "every American family and the family of America" to dedicate part of the day to honor the memory of the victims and to comfort their loved ones.

"We will persevere through this national tragedy and personal loss," Bush told the nation. "In time, we will find healing and recovery, and, in the face of all this evil, we remain strong and united - 'one Nation under God.'"

Western Nevada Community College officials are also planning a prayer ceremony for students and members of the community in the Rotary Plaza between the Bristlecone and Aspen buildings.

"We hope it will be a way to bring closure to our sorrow," said Anne Hansen, spokeswoman for the college. "We are also looking for an affirmation that we are strong and we will stand together."

Carson City schools will also spend part of the day remembering the attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center towers, damaged the Pentagon and killed thousands.

"We certainly want our students to have an appreciation for our freedom," said Superintendent Mary Pierczynski. "This has been a very difficult week for all of America."

District officials asked students and staff to wear red, white and blue and teachers will spend a few minutes after the Pledge of Allegiance talking about the importance of patriotism or singing a patriotic song.

"It's a time to be thankful for what we have and to protect our freedom," Pierczynski said. "We want our students to recognize that."

Students at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School in Gardnerville are taking up a collection to aid in relief efforts.

What: All-city prayer ceremony

Where: Capitol steps

When: Noon today

What: College prayer ceremony

Where: Rotary Plaza Courtyard at Western Nevada Community College

When: 11:30 today


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