West Linn Remembers 9/11 ... and

Honoring Those Who Serve Us Today

The 10th anniversary 2011 ceremony included the ringing of the 5-5-5 bell signaling a missing man and a placing of the wreath onto the river from TVF&R's Station #59 rescue boat.

9/11 Honoring Those Who Serve ...

Monday 9/11/2017 – 6:30pm at the West Linn Police Station

Please join us for a brief time of quiet honor, reflection, and remembrance in honor of the nearly 3,000 innocent people from over 70 countries who lost their lives on 9/11, the first responders at the three crash sites, the nearly 7,000 lost in the ensuing wars on terror, and to honor all our current first responders (police, fire, medical) & soldiers who continue to bravely and selflessly serve us every day.

We extend a special invitation to soldiers, veterans, and all who put themselves in harm's way for us.

We return to the West Linn Police Station this year after visiting the Willamette Park and TVF&R Station 58 the past couple of years. We will have a flag ceremony, some brief words and music, ringing of the 5-5-5-5 bell, and then in a show of honor, the community will add flowers to three bouquets of flowers –  one for the WLPD and our two TVF&R stations. The public is encouraged to bring a flowers for the bouquets. Fire engines, Police, and other vehicles will be on display afterwards for the kids.

2017 ... Video of the 16th Anniversary ceremony: (coming soon)

2016 ... Video of the 15th Anniversary ceremony:

2011 ... Video of the 10th Anniversary ceremony:

What's the meaning of the flags with the "Thin Blue Line" and the "Thin Red Line"?

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement, originating in the United Kingdom but now prevalent in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and to symbolize the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of fellow civilians from criminal elements. Law enforcement, the blue line, is what stands between the public and the violence or victimization by criminals.[ref]

The Thin Red Line of Courage represents the last ounce of courage firefighters find deep in their blood to conquer their darkest fears in order to save and protect life and property. The firefighters from the Apex (North Carolina) Volunteer Fire Department designed and developed the “The Thin Red Line of Courage” in 1999. Today, it is displayed to show respect for firefighters injured and killed in the line of duty.[ref]

Scroll down to see a video of the 2011 tenth anniversary remembrance.

City of West Linn official site

West Linn Tidings 2015

West Linn Tidings 2014

West Linn Tidings 2013

Oregonian 2013

Community 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Project

West A Street over I-205 (by the High School) ... starting Monday 9/4 at 8:30am

In 2011 over 3,000 ribbons were tied on
both sides of the "A" Street bridge over
I-205 by dozens of West Linn residents.

We're decorating the West A Street bridge where it crosses I-205 with yellow ribbons in honor of those who served & died on on 9/11, our current first responders, veterans, & our all of our troops.

Tens of thousands of cars drive under these bridges every day. Let them know you remember and that you care!

Please stop by anytime the week of 9/11 and tie a yellow ribbon on the fence. Bring your family, and remember as you tie 1, 10, 100, or more ribbons.

Help your children to be touched by recent history and to learn to honor & respect those who serve them today.

Ribbons will be supplied.

2011 10th Anniversary Remembrance Highlights ...

Senator Ron Wyden chose West Linn as one of his two featured events to visit on the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01. Click below to see the event video.
22 minutes long - the intro song you see with photos was played to the attendees to start the ceremony