For most adults the memory of Sept.11, 2001 is still vivid in our minds. This was the day when horrendous terrorist attacks within our boarders changed the way we now must live, in a guarded society, and being ever vigilant. These events of that day lead us into a seemly endless conflict in which many brave men and women have given their last great measure of the devotion to this country.
On the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Bennington dedicated a memorial to commemorate the lives lost on that day a decade earlier. The memorial is simple in design which incorporates a piece of structural steel that was retrieved from World Trade Center debris and is now mounted on a piece
of white marble quarried in Danby. The dedication of Bennington’s 9-11 Memorial was grand in scope and involved civic groups, fire companies, National Guard, doves, the High School band, the Boy Scouts and many others too numerous to mention.
One year later a smaller ceremony was held to commemorate the day and to acknowledge the first anniversary of the Memorial. That gathering was much smaller but still impressive none the less. In just days the twelfth anniversary of 9-11 will be upon us. There is no formal commemoration planned for Sept. 11, 2013. Instead, it would be appropriate for individual citizens to reflect at the Monument in Memorial Park on South Street. If they brought flowers, wreaths or mementos to show their remembrance and to decorate the Memorial it would be a modest and decent acknowledgment.
We thank Sen. Sears
On behalf of the front-line nurses and caregivers at the Vermont Veteran’s Home, we would like to thank Senator Dick Sears for his leadership and setting the stage to resolve the management crisis at this important facility.
We applaud Sen. Sears for his leadership in ordering the recently released Pulling Report.
We, the nurses and caregivers at VVH, are sincerely grateful that he listened to our requests for help.
The first step to resolving a problem is often to acknowledge one. The findings of this report validate our analysis of the failed leadership at the Vermont Veteran’s Home.
Senator Sears heard our call for help and responded. As a result, VVH can now begin to address these significant issues and this facility will once again thrive and continue to provide the very best care to our veterans and help to ensure that good paying jobs remain in Bennington County.
DAWN KEUS, LPN
WINNIE ROSE, RN
RACHEL FIELDS, LNA