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Yellowstone National Park 9-11 Commemoration Ceremony

Yellowstone Park 9-11 Commemoration Ceremony

Yellowstone Park 9-11 Commemoration Ceremony

September 11, 2011 Yellowstone National Park, Grant Village Lodge.

Across the country, we remembered the events of September 11, 2001 in ceremonies conducted in churches, synagogues, and a range of public venues. Others on vacation, either missed commemoration ceremonies or held them in unusual venues.

While on a photo shoot in Yellowstone, we participated in a commemoration ceremony held at Grant Village Lodge. The ceremony was led by the lodge management team and attended by approximately 25-30 guests including some international visitors. The flag bearer was Michael Sullivan, the Bell Captain, and the ceremony led by Ron Thompson and Joanne Sullivan, Location Manager and Front Office Manager, respectively.

The ceremony included the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner", a moment of silence, and concluded with the playing of "Amazing Grace".

Based on conversations with other guests who stayed at Yellowstone and lodges in Grand Teton National Park, the ceremony at Grant Village may have been unique. Other ceremonies were held in nearby cities such as Jackson, Wyoming. Perhsps the ceremony at Grant Village was more meaningful since President Ulysses Grant signed legislation creating Yellowstone as the first national park in 1872.

Other visitors we encountered at Jackson Lake Lodge who were on a Tauck bus tour of Yellowstone had a moment of silence on the bus. Wait staff at the Jackson Lake Lodge had their own private moment of silence at shift meetings.

Reporting from Jackson Lake, Wyoming
Michael and Judi Greenberg of Northbrook, Illinois

Watch for more stories with photos from us on this adventure featuring Old Faithful erupting, with the plume reaching up the sky into a full moon. Other stories and photos will feature dramatic sunset over the geyers and thermal wells, wild life, dramatic forest fire at night under a full moon, and sunrise – moon set over the mountains.

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