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Two 9/11 ceremonies set for Pahrump

It’s been 16 years since the nation’s worst terrorist attack in American history.

As Sept. 11 arrives on Monday, at least two observances are planned within the community.

The first of which is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the First Responders Memorial site in the Calvada Eye, organized by the Pahrump Rotary Club.

The Calvada Eye is located along Walt Williams Drive, just off of Calvada Boulevard.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin with the pledge of allegiance, followed by the “Star-Spangled Banner” and a brief prayer.

The ceremony will parallel with the exact moments the attacks occurred.

A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. in Pahrump in memory of when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Several local officials will provide brief remarks on the day, including Assemblyman James Oscarson, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services Chief Scott Lewis.

Nye County Emergency Services Director Vance Payne and county commissioners are also expected to attend.

Evening observance

Monday’s second 9/11 ceremony is billed as a “Remembrance Event,” at the corner of Highway 160 and Basin Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Pahrump resident and Air Force Veteran Dr. Tom Waters said the local Disabled American Veterans chapter is organizing the ceremony.

“September 11th is one of those events that touches everyone in different ways,” he said. “It depends on where you were and what you heard and how you heard it at the time. We just want the first responders to know that what they went through, and what we went through, is something that we will never forget. We just want to thank them. It’s primarily for the first responders. We chose a good location so that everybody will know that we are out there, and why we are there. That’s the key.”

As with the first ceremony at the Calvada Eye, Waters said the evening ceremony will also provide guest speakers.

Additionally, everyone attending will receive a glow stick to pay tribute to those who perished on that day.

Greg Cardarelli, Commander of Pahrump’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15, will preside over the ceremony.

“It should be a very poignant ceremony,” he said. “Fire Chief Scott Lewis will be there with a fire apparatus. Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly will also be there. They will be the two main speakers, then there will probably be other people who can say a few words if they would like to. We are going to light up the corner at Basin Avenue and Highway 160.”

Painful memories

As a Lt. Col. in the Air Force, Waters recalled when and where he was when he first heard the news.

At the time, Waters was a high school administrator at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

“I was just about to have a meeting with some of the teachers,” he said. “I called the meeting and we had the television on. The teachers were entering the conference room and somebody said did you see that? We were watching CNN and trying to figure out what in the world just happened. The CNN anchor was talking about a plane that flew into one of the World Trade Center towers. Not long afterwards we saw the second plane hit the second tower. We didn’t know what was going on in the states, so it hit us pretty hard.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com, on Twitter: @pvtimes

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